Keep Your Home Healthy With Radon Mitigation in Denver
While Colorado has a rich culture and scenic views, it is also one of the largest areas that are susceptible to radon gas. Radon gas is a colorless, odorless, and naturally occurring gas that can seep its way into a building. It can be found almost anywhere but can be toxic if levels get too high. In fact, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States behind smoking tobacco. At American Radon LLC, we have made it our mission to educate Coloradans about the dangers of radon gas so they can make informed decisions on how to protect their homes and families. Additionally, we keep our services affordable so that all families can afford to make the investment in radon testing and mitigation in Denver. We provide free test kits to help anyone get started with monitoring radon gas in their home.
How Do I Know If My Home Has Radon Gas?
Similar to carbon monoxide, there are monitors that can be installed in your home to measure radon gas level and alert you when it becomes dangerous. However, these monitors do not have a very high accuracy rate so it’s best to perform an old-fashioned charcoal test or have a licensed radon specialist set up a continuous monitor. Radon gas occurs naturally in the soil from the breakdown of uranium so at any given time your home will have some level of radon gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency 4.0pCi/l is considered the level for action. The conditions of the soil in Colorado put our homes at a higher risk compared to the rest of the country. The average home here in Colorado measures radon gas at 7.6pCi/L. This means that many homes would need to go through radon mitigation, which is the process used to reduce the levels of radon gas in a home.
American Radon LLC provides free radon testing kits for your home or office and we include lab fees. Our free kits use charcoal to measure the radon gas so they do not require any power. While certain weather conditions can impact radon gas testing, these tests can be done during any season. Simply place the test in the lowest possible livable space in your home. This should be a place that can be easily accessed and used regularly, so not a crawl space or garage. While the test is in place, all external doors, windows, and vents need to remain closed to get the most accurate results. After 48-72 hours, you simply mail the test in a Priority Envelope to the independent, third-party lab so that it will arrive within 2-3 days. The test must make it to the lab within 10 days so mail it as soon as the test has been completed. The lab will then email us the test results which we will then email to you and advise you on the next steps should you require mitigation.
Other radon gas testing options are possible, but you should be advised on the problems with those tests. A trained home inspector can perform a computerized test to determine hour by hour radon levels and an average. Since radon gas levels can fluctuate, this is a good way to determine the average in order to gauge the danger levels. These tests are extremely expensive and need to be perfectly calibrated. Another computerized test can be purchased by private citizens to measure gas in different locations of a home, but these tests have a 50% or less accuracy rate. We would recommend performing a charcoal test to determine the reliability of the test. Our charcoal radon test kits are free and extremely accurate, so they really are the best option to determine the baseline radon gas levels in your home.
You Have Many Options For Radon Mitigation in Denver
Radon mitigation is the process used to reduce the radon gas from your home. American Radon LLC has a variety of systems that we install based on your needs and radon levels.
These systems include:
● Sub-slab depressurization system is the most common system. It uses suction from below the basement to bring the gas out through PVC piping. Depending on how the home is built we can run the exhaust pipe on the exterior, up through a garage, or even through an attic.
● A Drain tile system is highly effective since it uses a fan attached to the perimeter or french drain system that goes around the foundation. This is an attractive option for homeowners since the entire system is located on the outside of the home rather than having a pipe in the basement then through an exterior wall.
● If a home has a sump pump, we can tap directly into that pit to use as the draw point. This makes for the most successful type of mitigation system possible.
● Lastly, radon gas often sneaks its way into a home through crawl spaces, especially if they have soil floors. We can set up a vapor barrier in conjunction with a crawl space depressurization system to expel gas out and help prevent more from coming in.
Structural Floors and Radon Mitigation
Some homes even have an accidental mitigation system already built in. Radon gas can find its way into structural floors or floating wood floors. This type of flooring is elevated above the ground rather than sitting on top of the foundation that sits on the soil. These homes commonly have a ventilation system to control moisture. These systems also help with taking care of harmful gasses that seep into the home, including radon gas. Not only that, but they also prevent mold and mildew. If your home is equipped with such a system, there is a good chance that you already have somewhat of a radon mitigation system in place. However, a contractor may put in a radon gas fan to enhance the performance of the system. Performing a radon test is still crucial in monitoring the levels to keep your home safe, even if your home is already equipped with such protections.
How is Radon Gas Dangerous?
Given the high levels of radon gas in Colorado, it is a good decision to go through with radon mitigation in Denver should you need it. Symptoms of radon gas exposure include coughing, chest pain, recurrent respiratory infections, hoarseness, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and lung cancer. You can read more about the symptoms and dangers of radon gas exposure in our blog as well. It can be very difficult to determine if you or a family member has had significant exposure, so the only way to know for sure is to have your home tested for the levels of radon gas. Often, people do not know they are suffering from radon gas exposure until they discover a medical condition. Lung cancer is a potential risk after radon gas exposure and can develop many years later. Staying informed about the dangers of radon gas and having your home regularly tested is the only definite way to protect your family from its dangers.
Radon Mitigation in Denver Cost Estimates
Putting off radon gas testing or mitigation will only lead to danger for you and your family. For this reason, American Radon LLC does everything we can to keep the costs down for you. Our mitigation system will only use energy star rated products to keep your slightly increased energy costs down. Our services are designed to be customized for your specific home and we will never try to upsell you on unnecessary services or equipment. We will even work on weekends so we can operate within your schedule. We will even paint the exterior pipe on the home for free as long as you provide the paint the day of installation; a service most companies charge between $75-$150 for.
Our partnership will Homes for Heroes Inc. can also save money for firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, military (active, reserve, and veterans), healthcare professionals, and teachers. Homes for Heroes Inc. is a connection of nationwide real estate agents, mortgage specialists, and other local businesses that all want to give back to our heroes who put in hard work every day to make our society better and keep our communities safe. Homes for Heroes Inc. has helped people in these industries save an average of $2400 when buying or selling a home. For more information on how American Radon LLC works with Homes for Heroes Inc, give us a call at (720) 465-1495.
At American Radon LLC we take care of our customers by being completely upfront with our pricing. Each of our mitigation systems comes with an Energy Star rated fan with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty. We also offer a free fully transferable 15-year warranty on the bulk of the system. Should American Radon LLC perform radon mitigation in Denver for you, we would send you a post-mitigation test so that you will be able to see the difference that the new system has made for you and your family. Our prices for a standard mitigation system are all-inclusive so we will not charge you more if the post-mitigation test shows that the levels are still at dangerous levels. We will help you through the process until we are 100 percent confident that your home is safe. Radon is a leading health hazard in the home, so we want all of our customers to understand the steps that we go through alleviate that danger.
Why Does Colorado Have More Radon Gas Than Other States?
While Colorado does have a higher concentration of radon gas than other parts of the country, it still exists everywhere thanks to the byproduct that naturally comes from decaying uranium. Our blog contains some important information on all the areas that have higher concentrations of radon gas. But even areas with low concentrations are not completely safe from the risk. The central part of the United States seems to have the most concentration, but even the coasts can have moderate to low concentrations. The United States is also not alone as countries such as South Korea, Canada, Ireland, and China also have areas of higher concentration of radon gas. To learn more about radon gas, there are many resources that you can consult to get the most up to date information. The Environmental Protection Agency has a Nation Radon Action Plan that aims to reduce the risk in five million homes by the year 2020. Even the American Lung Association has assisted with this plan to help communities get access to accurate testing and mitigation with the hopes of decreasing the risks of developing lung cancer.
Radon Gas Testing And Mitigation In Denver That You Can Trust
After successfully reducing levels in homes throughout Colorado, we know that we can make your house or office safer and at an affordable price. In fact, this is our mission as a company. We are in this business because we care about helping people. For this reason, we treat customers like our neighbors and family, because you are. When you call us, you will never be diverted to call center. Instead, you will be greeted warmly by owners John or Tricia Cardos, who can provide you with all the information to address all of your questions or concerns. As a locally owned and operated company, you won’t ever have to deal with a corporate call center or automated system. You can contact us via phone, email, social media, or through our website and we’ll get right back to you.
Customers around Colorado have been pleased with our services. Check out our Yelp, HomeAdvisor, and Google Business Reviews to read from our satisfied customers. And if you don’t need us, we’ll tell you!
Ali B. on Yelp contacted us for a radon gas test and said, “Tricia told us honestly that she would not recommend mitigation. She could have easily told us to get it since they are making money...I appreciate her honesty and compassion.”
Jeff S. was another satisfied customer who took to Google to say that the “installation of radon mitigation system was quick and painless, and affordable! Would highly recommend!”
Contact American Radon LLC today for more information about getting a radon removal in Denver. Call us at 720-465-1495 for a free estimate or for more information on radon testing, mitigation and removal.