Radon Levels in Ft. Collins Homes Deserve Attention

Friday, June 22, 2012 @ 04:06 PM
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Radon Levels Fort Collins ColoradoRadon is a naturally occurring gas that is the byproduct of decomposing uranium underground. Since the gas is radioactive, it can cause cancer. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is second only to cigarette smoking for causing lung cancer each year in the United States. According to official reports by the city of Ft. Collins, 70 percent of the homes in this area contain potentially dangerous levels of radon. Therefore, if you have not taken steps to protect your home from high radon levels, you could be at an elevated risk for lung disease. Radon is odorless and invisible, so the only way to know if it is present is to test for it.

Testing for Radon Levels

Ft. Collins residents can obtain home radon testing kits from the Ft. Collins Senior Center or the city’s Development Review Center. The test kits are inexpensive, and considering the risks, well worth their small cost. Two types of kits are available. One is a short-term kit that takes just a few days to create the sample. The other is a long-term test kit that may provide a better indicator of the level of radon in the home. Radon levels can vary throughout the year and no particular season or event triggers the release of the gas, which may make using a long-term test kit a better option. The kits come with complete instructions and directions for mailing. Interior air quality specialists from SWAT Environmental can also visit homes or buildings and conduct extremely accurate professional tests.

Radon Levels and Selling Your Home

You do not necessarily have to test your home for radon before selling it, although many buyers will want you to do so. However, anyone who sells a home in Ft. Collins must provide the buyer with a brochure from the city that spells out the dangers of radon, how to test for it and what to do about it. The brochure is available online at the city’s website or through its Natural Resources Department.

Controlling Radon Levels

In an effort to curb air conditioning energy waste, current construction techniques create tighter buildings. While this saves energy, it also creates more indoor air pollution, including radon, since less air enters or leaves a building. The new construction codes that Ft. Collins now enforces include requirements for passive radon reduction systems. Homes and buildings built after 2005 meet these code requirements, but the city still recommends that occupants or building managers still conduct periodic radon tests to assure their safety.

Homes built before 2005 may require the installation of specialized ventilation systems to lower their radon levels. Vents below the foundation can be used to exhaust the radon rising from the soil before it enters a building. Another way to reduce radon levels is to install a plastic pipe just below the foundation line, connect it to an inline fan, then direct it out above the roof. SWAT Environmental’s radon specialists can set up the best system to protect your home from high radon levels, ensuring that your family stays safe.

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