Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium that can be found in nearly all soil types. Great! But now that you know what radon is, why is it important to you? Radon happens to be highly toxic and according to the Surgeon General, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation today. That’s pretty scary stuff! So, how do you know if radon might be a problem in your home and what can you do about it? Well, if you live in Steamboat Springs or Routt County, there’s a 55% chance your home exceeds the recommended levels.
Radon becomes a problem when it gets into the air you breathe. It does so by seeping in through cracks in walls and solid floors, construction joints, gaps around service pipes, cavities inside walls and the water supply.
Because you can’t smell, taste or see radon, the only way to know if you have a problem is to get your home tested. Radon test kits can be purchased at your local hardware or home improvement store or you may choose to engage the services of a radon measurement and mitigation professional for greater peace of mind. Please click here for a list of radon professionals in the Steamboat Springs, Colorado area.
Finally, if you’ve had your home tested and you do have a problem, don’t panic. A radon reduction system is relatively inexpensive and can help reduce radon levels in your home by nearly 99%. Mitigation can run from roughly $1,000 to $3,000. Contact a certified radon mitigation professional for questions and additional information. For additional information about radon in your home, click here.