Is Radon Mitigation Colorado Springs Necessary?
Colorado Springs and El Paso and surrounding counties are “Zone 1” test results for the likelihood of radon gas levels above 4 pCi/L (picoCuries/Liter), the federal standard safety threshold for human radiation exposure. That means that yes, radon mitigation is necessary and is smart for the long term health of your family and potential resale of your property. The Environmental Protection Agency strongly suggests mitigation for any building testing at levels above 2 pCi/L for health reasons. Radon mitigation Colorado Springs CO knows is necessary, and as long as done in an effective manner it can significantly reduce the likelihood of exposure to radon, a colorless, tasteless gas that breaks down into particles in the human lungs and exposes you to radiation.
That radioactivity over a period of time increases your chances of developing lung cancer, and becomes a worse risk factor if you or anyone in the home smokes. Colorado Springs radon mitigation done correctly does not send red flags to potential home buyers, on the contrary, test results and the form of mitigation on the property are now standard questions during a real estate transaction. Since radon occurs due to subterranean breakdown of uranium and radium, and much of Colorado soil contains those naturally, it literally is everywhere. While being proactive in advance can help diminish the problem in new home construction, it is myth that radon only occurs in new, older, homes with a basement, or those with concrete pads. Radon can test at levels requiring mitigation in any type of building construction of any age. Each individual property stands independent as to its potential for having a radon challenge, and should be tested and mitigated regardless of how your neighbor’s home did on a test.
To truly know the potential hazard to your family, you need a qualified radon professional to test for the levels on your property. Depending on your needs, a short term (no time to wait) or long term test (90 days of exposure) needs conducted, as well as generally a second test to verify the results. Retesting should happen after mitigation, and on a periodic basis. If you decide to utilize different areas of your property, testing the newly occupied space is a good investment.
Controlling Radon Mitigation Colorado Springs Cost
Sometimes homeowners are tempted to try and build their own mitigation system, or someone has told them that if they just leave the windows open, the air exchange will alleviate the radon problem. The former is challenging and often only partially effective, and while opening the windows to exchange air can help in that moment, it is not a long-term solution. Radon testing by a qualified, trained radon professional can provide accurate data about the need to mitigate in your home. There are a number of different mitigation methods that can be used, and the construction of your property and the level your radon tests at determine what will be most effective.
The cost of dealing with radon’s presence varies according to what has to be done to alleviate the problem. Sealing cracks in foundations and slabs is the first requirement and will help, but the EPA’s testing results do not show that sealing alone reduces radon levels nearly enough as a stand alone solution. Controlling moisture and air flow under a home or business is another, but moisture is not a common problem in Colorado. Initial construction with a heavy layer of plastic sheeting and venting under the sheeting, referred to as sub-slab depressurization, soil suction, or active soil depressurization (ASD) are common reliable mitigation methods. These systems can also be utilized under existing construction if there is sufficient access or crawl space under the building to allow the installation. The venting system usually involves a low voltage fan and vent to remove the seeping radon gas from under the sheet and pushing it up and away from the roof of the home to mix with the ambient air. Various forms of ventilation systems, systems to remove radon trapped in interior walls, and well sealed air vents and drywall are part of differential barrier technology that uses slight negative air pressure levels to maintain clean air in the home and removing or blocking radon before it has a chance to enter.
Radon can also appear in water systems. Since 2003 all public water systems have been required to test and mitigate radon levels in publicly accessed water. Homes in areas with high potential radon levels that have well water should be tested. Surface water is less likely to have a potentially dangerous radon level, but well water in areas of concentration like Colorado may require radon mitigation of water through activated carbon filtration or other means. Most waterborne radon presents health risks due to it being released in the shower or other areas where water meets with and mixes with the surrounding air.
Certified Radon Mitigation Pros is a full service radon testing and mitigation service. We can test, recommend, and mitigate your radon challenges in an economical manner. Protect your family’s health and your property investment, and get inexpensive radon mitigation done today.