Why radon exposure is dangerous
Radioactive radon gas is released from the uranium found in rocks and soil under a house as it decays. Because the air pressure underneath the house is greater than that inside, radon can be sucked into a house through cracks or holes in the foundation. Once inside, radon decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. These bursts can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & Surgeon General site radon as the second highest leading cause of lung cancer.
Not everyone exposed to high levels of radon will develop lung cancer, and it can take many years. The key to minimizing your exposure is prevention.
Radon exposure is a health hazard with a simple solution.
Testing for Radon
Radon Testing is highly recommended if you live in the State of Colorado. We have some of the highest levels in the United States. Half of all homes tested are above the acceptable level of 4.0 picoCuries per liter. 95% of all counties in Colorado have radon levels above the EPA’s guideline of 4.0 pCi/L.
Foothills Radon is an NRPP (National Radon Proficiency Program) trained Radon testing and mitigation contractor. We use a Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) to test your home for radon levels. A portable CRM unit is left in your home for 48 hours to test the variations in Radon levels over a period of time. The CRM time-integrates the radon measurements providing hour by hour readings. Results are immediate and provided in a easy to read detailed report.
Radon testing is $125.00. You will receive your detailed results immediately following the 48 hour test.