You may think your home is perfectly safe, but there might be an invisible danger lurking in the air: radon. This radioactive gas is tasteless, odorless, and colorless, making it impossible to detect without specialized tools. It can seep into your home through the soil, cracks in the foundation, or even the water supply. Long-term exposure to high levels of it can increase your risk of lung cancer, so it’s important to test your home and take action if necessary. At AmPro Inspections, we’re committed to helping homeowners in Colorado Springs stay safe and informed. In this blog post, we’ll share some important radon facts that everyone should know.
Radon is More Common Than You Might Think
Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium in the soil, rocks, and water. It’s found all over the United States and in every type of building, from homes to schools to offices. In fact, one in 15 homes in the United States has elevated levels of it.
Radon Can be Harmful at Any Level
The EPA recommends taking action if radon levels in your home are at or above 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter), but that doesn’t mean levels below that are safe. In fact, the risk of lung cancer increases with any exposure to it. The lower the levels, the lower the risk, but there is no “safe” level of radon.
Testing is Easy and Affordable – And In Colorado, It Requires a License
Radon testing is quick, easy, and inexpensive. At AmPro Inspections, we offer testing as part of our standard home inspection services. It’s important to note that in the state of Colorado, you must be licensed to conduct testing, and we have licensed testers.
Radon Mitigation Can Be Effective
If your home has high levels of it, don’t panic. Radon mitigation systems can effectively reduce radon levels and keep you and your family safe.
Awareness is Key
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from radon is to be aware of its dangers and take action if necessary. Even if you haven’t tested your home for it yet, you can take steps to reduce your risk. Make sure your home is well-ventilated, seal any cracks or gaps in the foundation, and consider installing a mitigation system if you live in an area with high levels.
Radon is an invisible threat that can have serious long-term health consequences, but you don’t have to live in fear of it. By testing your home, staying aware of its dangers, and taking action if necessary, you can protect yourself and your family from exposure. At AmPro Inspections, we’re here to help you do just that. Contact us today to learn more about our services and stay safe and informed.