The Dangers Of Radon & How To Tackle The Problem

If you are thinking about finishing your basement you may have concerns about radon levels. We have pulled together some facts and recommendations for you regarding radon and how to keep your family safe.

First, let’s talk a little bit about radon. Radon is a gas that can leak into your home and become trapped inside. Radon can leak in through cracks and other areas that aren’t sealed properly. Unfortunately radon is harmful and is known to cause lung cancer. Radon levels can be higher in the basement of a house so the more time you are planning to spend in the basement all the more reason to have your radon levels checked!

It is important to have your radon levels checked and then continue to monitor them long term as well. You can do this yourself. Kits can be purchased to do a quick test of your radon levels. As long as your levels are within the normal range, the EPA recommends buying a long-term monitor that you can use year-round to make sure your levels don’t spike. (Radon levels can vary during the year. They can spike when there is a lot of snow on the ground because the snow can trap even more of the gas inside your home.)

If you find that your radon levels are too high, you may need to have a system installed that pulls the radon gas out of your home so it is no longer trapped inside. There are contractors that specialize in this type of work.

Keep in mind that when you are buying or selling a home, radon testing can be a very important part of the sale. If you are trying to sell a home the buyer may want to know the results of radon testing that you have done and if any radon system was needed. And if you are buying a home you certainly want to know that you and your family will be safe living there.

Radon can be anywhere and we certainly have it in Colorado so start testing today!