Radon

DS Environmental provides a full spectrum of radon consulting and testing services:

  • Building/Site Survey
  • Radon Monitoring
  • Project Design
  • Mitigation Design
  • Data Evaluation
  • Documentation

Radon Basics
Radon is a cancer causing, radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste, but may be a problem in your home. Breathing in radon can lead to lung cancer, and ultimately death. It is estimated that radon causes several thousand deaths in the United States each year. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is          especially high.

Radon comes from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. The radon that is produced in the breakdown of uranium gets into the air you breathe, and is found all around the United States. It can get into any type of building – homes, offices, and schools – and result in a high indoor radon level. Individuals are most likely to get the greatest exposure to high levels of radon at home, where we spend a substantial amount of time. Studies show that 1 in 3 homes tested have elevated levels of radon.

When to test for Radon?

  • All homes, work spaces, schools, and daycare centers should be tested for radon because nearly all soils contain some level of natural uranium decay, and the only way to know if you are being exposed to unsafe amounts is to run a test. It is a good idea to test your home every two years to ensure that levels remain low.
  • You should also test for radon if you are buying, selling, or renting a structure.
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has announced revisions to the Rules and Regulations Governing Child Care Facilities in the State of Colorado as of January 14, 2016. One update is that all facilities are required to test for radon by May 1, 2017 and all new facilities are required to test within 6 months of occupancy.

Health Risks of Radon Exposure

Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As the particles break down further they release small burst of energy that can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over long stretches of exposure.

Children have been reported to have a greater risk than adults of certain types of cancer from radiation, so it is particularly important to test for radon in spaces such as child care facilities and schools.

Contact DS Environmental!

Testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels, and DS Environmental can conduct the necessary tests to help you understand if you are at risk of high exposure. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon because it typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommends testing all homes below the third floor for radon. The EPA also recommends testing in schools. Testing is inexpensive and easy, especially if you call DS Environmental.

You can fix a radon problem with an easy and affordable radon reduction system. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to safe and acceptable levels.

Call us at (303) 286-9094 for testing and guidance!


Helpful Links

EPA: A Citizen’s Guide to Radon
EPA: Health Risks of Radon 

EPA: Radon and Real Estate Resources 

EPA: Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon