Denver Radon Education
Denver Radon Education: Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Radon from soil gas is the main cause of radon problems. Sometimes radon enters the home through well water. In a small number of homes, the building materials can give off radon, too. However, building materials rarely cause radon problems by themselves.
IS IT DANGEROUS?
Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA’s 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). The numbers of deaths from other causes are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2005-2006 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Report and 2006 National Safety Council Reports.
The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today next to cigarette smoking. It can also aggravate asthma attack to people suffering from asthma. Radon can be a problem in all types of homes and has been found in homes in every state.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE RADON IN MY HOME?
The fact that radon is colorless and odorless makes it more difficult to detect. You should test your home for the level of radon gas present in the indoor air. Symptoms of radon gas at home takes time to surface, and only testing is the way to check its presence in every home. If you have high radon levels, there are ways to solve a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
RADON GETS IN THROUGH
- Cracks in solid floors
- Construction joints
- Cracks in walls
- Gaps in suspended floors
- Gaps around service pipes
- Cavities inside walls
- The water supply
Radon from soil is the main cause of radon problems, and because it’s a gas it can easily get through any cracks in the house, through the foundation especially the one with the crawlspace. Radon may also enter through the water system from the well water, but this is a minor source compared to the one that comes through the foundation. Construction materials are a source of radon too. Sands, rocks, cement, marbles, bricks and ceramic tiles are common construction materials that are used in a construction of buildings and houses that contain radon.
Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. The average cost of mitigation residential properties ranges from $800-1400 dollars depending on the property. While radon problems may be more common in some areas, any home may have a problem. The only way to know about your home is to test.
Denver Radon Education. HIRE A QUALIFIED RADON TESTER
It is important to get an accurate test. The best way to assure this is to hire a qualified professional to conduct the radon testing. As a qualified tester, Distinctive Property Inspections knows the proper conditions, test devices and guidelines for obtaining reliable radon test results.
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