According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) there are about 21,000 deaths in the US that can be linked to radon exposure. That number dwarfs the three other most common causes for home fatality, making it more deadly than home fires, drownings, and falls in the home combined. That’s even almost 4,000 more than annual deaths caused by drunk driving.
With those numbers in mind Rapid Response is proud to serve the community in both radon testing and mitigation. We are certified and educated in the latest techniques in how to safely handle radon issues found in both residential and commercial structures.
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soils, rocks, and water and is then released into the air. It is found all over the world at various levels.
When radon gas is released outside, it diffuses into the atmosphere, usually resulting in inconsequential levels of concentration. However, radon gases are sometimes released near structures, and can enter the structure through any number of areas, including the crawl space, cracks or gaps in the walls, or even the water supply. When radon enters a building such as a home, office building, or school, it can become trapped without the occupant’s knowledge and the concentration of radon can grow to dangerous levels.
Because of the prevalence of radon and the many ways in which it can enter a structure, old homes, new homes, and homes with or without basements, are all at equal risk of developing elevated levels of radon. The EPA estimates that about 1 in every 15 homes across the US has elevated levels of radon. In a city like Grand Junction, with about 60,000 homes, that’s a statistical 4,000 homes that have dangerous amounts of radon trapped in them, unbeknownst to the occupants.
Testing your home for radon is relatively easy and inexpensive. Homeowners can do it on their own, or hire testing out to a professional. Because radon is a serious issue facing all home owners, we recommend hiring a professional to make sure the testing and potential mitigation is done correctly for your peace of mind of the peace of mind of your tenants. We are proud to offer cost effective solutions and education to meet the needs of the public’s growing awareness of radon.
If you suspect that your home or office may be subject to high levels of radon, or if you have never had your building tested for radon before, please call us, and let one of our trained technicians test your building for radon. If the tests come back negative then you can rest with the peace of mind knowing that you’ve done your part to keep yourself and those around you safe from this silent killer. If the tests come back positive, then we can guide you in the steps we recommend for mitigating the problem, and ultimately implement those steps for you.
Below are maps and statistics about radon taken from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Keep in mind that the EPA recommends any home that tests at a level of 4cCi/L or more should be mitigated for radon.