El Paso County (and CO in general) have a 6x higher average level of radioactive Radon Gas compared to the rest of the U.S. Therefore, we strongly recommend a Radon Gas Test in your home.*
WHAT IS RADON GAS?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You can't see radon. And you can't smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home.
Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
SHOULD YOU TEST FOR RADON GAS?
According to the EPA, the answer is yes. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
Can you fix a radon problem?
Yes - Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
* Sources: EPA Citizen's Guide to Radon Gas, A Non-Technical Explanation of Radon Gas by Dr. Jim Burkhart
THE RISKS OF RADON
The table above clearly illustrates the risks of Radon levels in the home. The risk factors go up dramatically if you are a smoker.