What is Radon?
Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium and radium in soil, rock and water. Radon moves up through the ground and can get pulled into your your home from the “stack effect”, where hot air rises and pulls new air and Radon gas from below. Radon enters the home through air gaps in basements and crawl spaces. Breathing high levels of Radon for long periods of time can potentially result in Lung Cancer. The EPA describes Radon in Homes as the #1 cause of Lung Cancer for non-smokers and recommends that all Homebuyers test for Radon. We find high levels of Radon almost half of the homes that we test in the Denver Metro area. Radon can be found in all ages and quality levels of homes.
Benefits to Testing
The two main benefits of testing for Radon are to:
1. avoid the chance of lung cancer,
2. be able to ask the seller to install a Radon Mitigation system if the levels are high. The typical cost of a Radon Mitigation System is between $1,000 and $1,500.
Self test kits are available on the internet and at most hardware stores. These kits typically take over 10 days to receive the results and in most cases, a seller will only accept a Radon report done by a professional. If you choose not to test as part of the purchase process, we highly recommend testing after taking possession of the house.