Radon and Denver Homes

If you aren’t from Colorado or haven’t yet purchased a home here, you may be unfamiliar with radon. Colorado is one of the places where the potential for radon in homes is above EPA-recommended levels. It is highly recommended that you have your new Denver home tested for radon during the home inspection process.

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that occurs naturally. Breathing in air containing high levels of radon has been linked to lung cancer. Since radon is found in the air it easily spreads into buildings such as offices, schools, and Denver homes.

Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets absorbed into the air you breathe. But how can it get into your home in such high levels? Radon is typically found in soil, and the highest radon levels are generally found in basements of Colorado and Denver homes. Radon moves up through the ground to the air above and then into your home through cracks and holes in the house foundation. Your Denver home now traps the radon where it can spread and build up, without an easy escape route.

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Since radon levels are influenced by many factors, such as soil type and moisture level, how tight or wide the home is, the type of heating and ventilation systems, movement of air and groundwater, air pressure and lifestyle of the occupants, there is only one way to know if a home is affected by radon. Radon testing is affordable and easy. During your Denver home inspection, ask you inspector to install a “radon kit” to test the level in your home; the most accurate results will be available in 48 hours.

What if your home is found to have a high level of radon? Don’t panic! Radon mitigation systems are very effective and quite cost-friendly. They can reduce radon levels in your Denver home by up to 99%.

Get your Denver home tested today! To view Denver homes for sale, be sure to visit our sister site at UrbanDenverHomes.com. For more information, contact Realtor extraordinaire Jennifer Pollock – she’s happy to help!

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