acceptable radon levels in colorado

Radon Testing, Colorado Springs, Is Important

The EPA estimates that over half of all Colorado homes are in regions where levels of radon gas exceed 4 pC i/L, referred to as “Zone 1”. That level and above is where the EPA and Colorado state health officials say significant  health issues may occur due to continued exposure to radon gas. Radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and the only way to know if your home has the potential for harboring dangerous radon is to have it tested.

Many types of test kits are available, including those available at big box and hardware stores. The tests require being exposed to the air for a varied length of time to gather particles. The test is then shipped to a facility to get the sample tested, and results are returned to the homeowner. Results need to be verified by a second test if the range results are within those suggesting radon mitigation is required.  There are several questions that arise with home tests, among them accuracy, how long has the test been sitting on the store’s shelf (because they do have shelf lives and are often unmarked), and how reliable is the testing facility. Most mail order radon tests require very short-term exposure, often as little as one day. Radon testing to be accurate needs to occur for a far longer exposure period under fairly stringently controlled conditions to be accurate. There are some types of testing equipment that can provide results in less than 90 days and be fairly accurate if used by a certified radon testing professional. 


Trust Radon Testing Colorado Springs CO to Trained Professionals

Quick turn around test kits are helpful when you need an answer to radon questions very fast, such as for a quick sale on a home. Increasingly homebuyers in Colorado want to know if a home has been professionally tested and if mitigation has been done to assure there are no radon gas issues. A quick test must be verified, and is limited in accuracy. You may also have to place a number of them around the home and pay for several tests, eliminating the savings and still not having a truly accurate assessment of the potential dangers to your home’s air. 

A contractor utilizes what is called a continuous monitoring test. This type of radon testing involves a test unit being in place for an extended period of time, or on a continual basis, depending on the type of equipment used. This assures a much more accurate reading over a period of time, rather than just a spot check. Those long-term readings can make a big difference in the type of mitigation needed to correct where the radon is entering the home, or how to block it under a house. They might also rule out if there is actually a challenge that even exists, as short term tests can pick up anomalies such as the one time a year someone opens the cellar hatch to turn off the outside hydrants for the winter. Radon is much more prevalent in the outside ground soil concentrations in summer, and high readings are most often found during winter for indoor locations. Since radon travels best in closed air systems that it has already invaded, winters heating forced air systems are easily adapted to dispel present radon and avoid radon intrusion in the future. 

Trust your family’s health to those who really know what they are doing when it comes to radon testing. Call Certified Radon Mitigation Pros for accurate and thorough radon tests by trained and experienced professionals who can then suggest mitigation processes at a reasonable cost. Our estimates are free, we are locally owned and operated, and come highly recommended.