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Why Is Radon Testing a Must In Colorado?

The danger of radon gas in our homes

One of the leading causes of cancer in the United States is radon. According to estimates, every year, about 21,000 people in the country die due to lung cancer. Five hundred of these cases are from Colorado. Radon is believed to be the reason behind these deaths.

 According to various surveys, all Colorado counties abound in radon. The levels are particularly high in Colorado Springs and El Paso county.

What Is Radon?

Radon owes its origin to Uranium, a naturally occurring radioactive metal is found in abundance in the West.

The danger of radon gas in our homes

It is a colorless, odorless, radioactive, inert gas that moves through the soil and gets trapped inside a house, making its way inside a house through tiny cracks, slab joints, crawl spaces, dirt floors, sump pits, or block walls. Sometimes, it enters a house through well water. It is sucked into the house due to the difference in air pressure.

Radon decays swiftly, releasing tiny radioactive particles that can cause damage to the cells lining the lungs. According to several organizations, including the American Lung Association and the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is harmful to health.

Why Should Houses in Colorado Be Tested for Radon?

 The average radon levels in all the counties of Colorado are over four picocuries per liter (pCi/L). 4 pCi/L is the level at which the Environmental Protection Agency recommends radon mitigation.

Factors Affecting The Presence Of Radon Inside A Household

The presence of radon inside a house depends on different factors like:

●   Soil type

●   Presence of moisture in the soil

●   Air pressure

●   The heating and ventilation system in a house

●   Movement of air 

●   Movement of groundwater

●   The lifestyle of the occupants of a house

Radon Testing Kits

Radon testing is the only way to determine if the levels of radon inside a particular house are above permissible limits.  Colorado residents can also get hold of free radon test kits.

Buy one from home improvement and hardware stores or order them online or through mail-order companies. The cost of a radon test kit ranges from $10 to $50. While buying a radon test kit, settle for one that has the stamp of approval of the National Radon Proficiency Program.