Radon testing is an important topic when purchasing a new home. As a homeowner, we want to know that our future home is safe from high levels of radon. Radon is a radioactive gas produced by decaying uranium, it can be colorless and odorless and can cause lung cancer. This is why radon testing is crucial, it is important to know if your home is exposed to this harmful gas and the precautions to take if you have high levels.
What is the health risk of radon?
Exposure to radon gas can have long term effects on the body. Studies have found direct evidence linking radon in homes to lung cancer. Radon can cause severe damage to the lungs and is one of the most common causes of lung cancer among nonsmokers.
How does it affect your home?
Radon usually makes its way through cracks that are found within the home’s foundation or pipes within the home.
According to the Greeley Tribune, about 50% of homes in Colorado have levels in excess of what EPA recommends and all 64 counties in Colorado have a high risk for elevated radon. The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment gives residents the opportunity to test their homes and currently have free test kits available while supplies last. You can request a free test kit online at www.drhomeair.com/weld.
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