Radon Abatement in Your Ft. Collins Home

Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 07:06 PM
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Radon Abatement Fort Collins, ColoradoRadon is a radioactive gas that is naturally created in the soil. Uranium and similar elements in the ground decay, eventually generating radon as a side effect. Homeowners may not even know that they have a radon problem in their homes, since the gas is invisible and odorless. The United States Surgeon General has issued a warning that exposure to high levels of radon gas causes lung cancer; in fact, radon is the second most common reason why people have developed lung cancer in the United States.

Mandatory Radon Abatement Systems

It has been established that Colorado has some of the highest levels of radon gas reported in the United States. Homes in Ft. Collins, in particular, are exposed to extremely high levels of radon; three out of four homes in the city contain unsafe levels of radon. Therefore, the city is trying to make it mandatory that all new construction sites install radon abatement systems to protect the public.

This simply goes to show how important it is, if you own an existing house, that you take the appropriate steps to have your home tested for radon. You can do the test yourself by obtaining a kit from either the Ft. Collins Building and Zoning department or from the Senior Center. However, SWAT Environmental can perform a professional version of the test for you if you are uncomfortable about doing your own test or wish to ensure that the results are accurate. Their experts perform the test to the standard that the Environmental Protection Agency has established. They are certified by the state of Colorado and guarantee their tests’ results.

Testing Before Radon Abatement

Whether you choose to perform the test yourself or to have a professional perform it, it will take at least 48 hours before any results can be read from it. For the most accurate possible results, the house needs to be completely closed up for the entire testing period. A canister is placed on the lowest residential level of the home and recorded with the date, time and place. The canister needs to remain undisturbed for at least 48 hours, but no longer than five days. Once the canister is closed, the date, time and place are recorded again. The canister is then sent off to the testing facility; you should have the results by the next business day.

Types of Home Radon Abatement Systems

If the testing determines that it will be necessary to remove radon gas from your home, SWAT’s radon abatement specialists can help determine the best possible way to do so. Initially, the foundation needs to be sealed up tight from all cracks and leaks. If your home has a crawl space instead of a basement, it needs to be tightly covered in plastic membrane to keep the gas from getting into the home. The radon abatement system can then be installed to release the radon that is already inside, ensuring that your family is completely safe from this cancer-causing gas.

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