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Home Buyers And Sellers Should Beware Of Radon IN Fort Collins Colorado

Radon Real Estate Ft. Collins ColoradoRadon gas has long been known to be an important health risk factor in houses. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has defined radon as a Class A carcinogen, at the same level as asbestos and benzene. EPA studies have determined that radon is the second-highest cause of lung cancer in the United States, establishing that 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the nation can be linked to radon. When selling or buying houses in Ft. Collins, Colorado, radon gas should be addressed, but it does not need to be a matter for panic. Of all the problems that homeowners and home buyers face when considering buying a house, radon levels are among the easiest to measure and, when necessary, mitigate the radon concentrations.

Radon-The Silent Killer

A colorless, odorless radioactive gas, radon is emitted by naturally occurring deposits of decaying uranium. It can seep into homes through foundations, plumbing and wiring access routes, sump pump wells and other points of access. Houses without basements, including structure-on-slab construction, are just as likely to have high radon levels as houses with basements. Higher levels in Ft. Collins, Colorado can occur in new houses as well as older structures.

Ft. Collins Colorado May Be At Higher Risk of Radon Exposure

Radon is measured in units of picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), and house surveys have shown that the average level in single-occupancy detached houses is 1.3 pCi/L. Since radon is caused by soil conditions, however, the levels can vary greatly from area to area, and even house to house. In Larimer County, where Ft. Collins, Colorado is located, test surveys have shown that 62% of the houses have levels at or above 4 pCi/L, but the average level in the county is 7 pCi/L. The EPA considers 4 pCi/L to be an “action level,” at which steps should be taken to mitigate the problem.

These are only averages, however. Since radon cannot be seen or smelled, the only way to find out the radon levels in a particular house is to have a test performed. We are able to provide fast, accurate testing of radon and can provide the results to allow you to make important decisions. If the test shows that radon levels are high, there is no need to abandon a house sale. Odds are that other houses in the area, located on the same soil conditions, may test equally high. Instead, the best action is to have the radon levels lowered. We have the skill and experience to design and construct an effective radon mitigation system in your home, or prospective house, so you can keep your real estate transaction on track!

Addressing high radon levels can only benefit house sellers and buyers in Ft. Collins, Colorado. A radon mitigation system, if needed, shows that the seller is a responsible homeowner and the buyer can be more secure in the knowledge that the health of the new occupants – and the financial investment – are being protected.