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Real Estate Of Colorado Springs Colorado Could Contain Radon
Selling or buying a house in Colorado Springs, Colorado involves dealing with a wide range of details. One detail that should not be ignored is the level of radon in the house. The subject makes homeowners and potential home buyers nervous, but it need not be a cause for panic. Of all the potential problems with a house, radon is the easiest to check and one of the fastest to mitigate.
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that is created by the decay of uranium deposits. The gas can seep into a house through the foundation – including building-on-slab construction – and via plumbing and wiring access, sump pump wells and other access points from the ground. Radon is measured in units of picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), and test surveys have shown that the average radon level in houses in the United States is 1.3 pCi/L, but since local geological conditions determine its presence, some areas have much higher averages.
Colorado Home Buyers and Sellers Should be Weary of Radon
Most of the state of Colorado is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Zone 1 area, meaning that the conditions allow for the highest incidence of high radon levels. In El Paso County, where Colorado Springs, Colorado is located, 42% of all houses have radon levels of 4 pCi/L or above (a level the EPA considers to be an “action level,” meaning that steps should be taken to mitigate radon in those houses). In fact, the average radon level in houses in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area is 7.1 pCi/L, almost twice EPA’s “action level.” These are only averages, though, and individual houses may have radon levels that are higher or lower than that.
The health consequences of high radon levels can be quite severe. Radon is rated as a Class A carcinogen, on par with asbestos and benzene. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon has been associated with an increased chance of developing lung cancer; it is blamed for 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year.
You Do Not Know Your Home is Radon Free Until it is Tested
Since radon cannot be seen or smelled, the only way to find out what the levels are is to test for radon. We can do radon testing quickly and accurately. If the results show high levels, do not panic. The presence of radon does not mean that you should not consider buying the house after all. Since the presence of radon depends on soil conditions, it is likely that other houses in the area may also have high radon areas. Instead, the radon levels can be lowered. With our training and experience, we can design and build an effective radon mitigation system for your house.
Radon levels can be addressed and high levels reduced. For the safety of your family, and to protect your financial investment in a house, it is always a good idea to test for radon and, if necessary, have a radon mitigation system installed.
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