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What is Radon?
Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless naturally occurring radioactive gas that is in the air you breathe and the water you use for drinking, bathing and cooking. At high levels it is a serious health hazard.
Why is Radon a Concern? How does radon get into my home?
Radon is known to cause lung cancer and it can seep into our homes and workplaces through cracks and openings in floors/walls, soil, crawlspaces, floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. When this happens, radon becomes part of the air we breathe. When a person is exposed to radon over many years the exposure can increase the risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S; only smoking causes more lung cancer. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
Each year, about 20,000 deaths in the U.S. are attributed to radon-caused lung cancer. Risk of lung cancer from radon is almost 10 times higher for smokers compared to those who have never smoked.
If I have a new home with no cracks or other openings, why should I test for radon?
As a gas, radon seeps through tiny cracks that you might not even see and can even penetrate concrete directly. It can get into finished or unfinished basements, and into new homes as well as old. You won’t know if it’s in your home unless you do a radon test. We can help you with that.
The builder says my new home is radon-resistant, so I can’t have radon, right?
Even if you have purchased a home with Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC), unless you, the builder, or a home inspector tested your new home for radon, that’s not necessarily so. Although the name Radon Resistant New Construction implies that the home resists radon, RRNC simply is the installation of radon system pipes without a radon mitigation fan. Without the fan, the home is “radon system ready,” but not resistant to radon entry, you need a fan installed by a professional to pump the radon gas from underneath your house out.
I have a sump system. How will that effect the radon system?
Sump systems are an excellent collection point for radon gas as well as water. Whenever possible we will incorporate the sump well into our system.
Is your system guaranteed? How do I know it’s working?
Our systems are guaranteed to reduce radon in your home below the EPA recommended level of 4 pCi/L. In 95% of homes we will see results below 4 pCi/L. After a system is installed we will do a short term follow up test to ensure proper function. If for any reason radon levels are not sufficiently lowered, Radon Free Colorado will preform necessary repairs to the system under the warranty.
How does radon cause cancer?
Radon decays quickly, giving off tiny radioactive particles. When these particles are inhaled as you breathe normally they begin to damage the cells that line the lung. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer.
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Contact Aaron Woodfield at Radon Free Colorado 303-305-8419 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org