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Radon is a naturally occurring gas that poses significant health risks but cannot be detected by human senses. Depending on the radon levels in your home, you could be at risk for respiratory issues and lung cancer.
Rod Martin's Complete Basement Systems are the local experts for radon testing in Colorado. We can evaluate your home and determine if you have actionable levels of radon in your home and need a radon mitigation system. Call us today at 1-866-212-7780 or contact us online to get a free estimate in Denver, Aurora, Boulder and the nearby areas.
As a gas, radon can enter any home through cracks, holes, or any other openings. In particular, radon enters homes through a process known as the "stack effect", which practically sucks the gas right into the home.
Since the pressure inside the house is lower than the pressure outside the house, a vacuum is created. As the warm air rises, it makes its way out of the house and is then replaced by unconditioned air from the outside.
This air can then quickly begin to build up, especially when the weather gets cooler and windows (escape routes) are closed. In other words, the radon gets trapped. There could be a lot or a little, which is why every homeowner needs to test for radon and conduct checkups.
Monitoring radon levels is a key step for ensuring your home is protected.
Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The smaller the number of pCi/L in your home, the safer you are. If your home reaches the actionable threshold, it's highly recommended that you get a radon mitigation installed in your home.
As a standard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has defined 4.0 pCi/L as the "action level" for any indoor environment. This means that a test reading 4.0 pCi/L and above needs to be mitigated and the radon levels need to be immediately reduced.
The EPA estimates 4.0 pCi/L as the national average for the outdoor air, while 1.5 pCi/L is the national average for the indoor air. Although these averages are seemingly quite low, even this 1.5 pCi/L could be problematic. When this amount is trapped within a home, it's far more concentrated than if it were outside. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that radon can be dangerous in any concentration, which is why radon reduction systems are so important. These systems constantly work to lower the radon levels in your home.
As long as your home is below 4.0 pCi/L, you should have some peace of mind. However, Rod Martin's Complete Basement Systems can provide you with testing or radon mitigation system if you're concerned that the radon levels in your home are too high.
Maybe 10 pCi/L doesn't sound all that bad, so 4.0 pCi/L can't be a problem at all. In order to understand the number, you have to understand the measuring system. Let's compare some figures.
If you're concerned about radon levels in your home and want a radon test or radon mitigation system installation, the experts at Rod Martin's Complete Basement Systems are here to help. We provide complete radon services and will help you ensure your home is protected. Call us today at 1-866-212-7780 or contact us online to get started with a free estimate!