Testing Radon Levels in Greater Denver

Understanding radon levels and how to protect your home

Greater Denver's certified radon contractor

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 1-844-241-2961 or contact us online to get a free estimate in Denver, Littleton, Aurora and the nearby areas.

How does radon enter the home?

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.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, gas that occurs naturally in the soil around your home. As the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, it is extremely important to test your home as soon as possible!

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.

Learn How Radon Enters Your House

Evaluating radon levels in a home

Reduce Radon Levels with Radon Mitigation in Colorado

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.

Testing is the Only Way to Know If You Have a Problem

How to Better Understand Radon Levels

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.

  • 1 pCi/L is equal to 2.5 cigarettes a day.
  • The radiation in a 4.0 pCi/L level of radon is equal to the radiation from 100 chest x-rays.
  • Most hospitals actually only allow people to have four chest x-rays each year. That's .16 pCi/L per x-ray and .64 pCi/L a year. In other words, can you understand why the WHO has their action level at 2.7 pCi/L?

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 1-844-241-2961 or contact us online to get started with a free estimate!

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