If you are buying a home in Colorado for the first time, you will need to know about Radon. You will want to have some idea about what radon is because it may end up in your home.
Buying a Home in Colorado – What is Radon
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally. It is important to test for it when buying a house in Colorado, as it can be harmful if not properly addressed. Radon can cause health issues to those living in the home when the level of radon is above a certain number.
The EPA recommends having a radon system installed in your home if your average levels are above 4. Here is the link to the EPA website.
It is important to know that Radon can have high levels in one home and not the one next door. We see it more show up in some neighborhoods and areas more than others.
Why Test for Radon in Your Home?
It is important to test for radon when buying a house and to regularly monitor and retest for radon levels in order to make informed decisions about mitigation measures.
Radon monitors are usually left in place for 48 hours to obtain average results. If the average exceeds the number recommended by the EPA then having a radon system installed is a good idea.
If you are buying a home in Colorado be sure to have radon tested as part of your inspection period. You then may be able to negotiate on health and safety terms with the seller to install a system.
If your levels come in below 4 you may want to install a system yourself or test periodically. You can buy tests online and at places like Home Depot and test the levels yourself.
Radon Mitigation Systems Cost
Radon testing and mitigation costs vary depending on factors such as existing sump pits, house size, pipe routing, and the need for good airflow to disperse the gas. You can get a system starting at $600 all the way up to $1600.
Sometimes the radon system does not work alone and you may need to add some more air movement. This can be more common with homes with small crawlspaces. You may need to add fans or vapor barriers. This can make the cost of the system higher.
In the end if you are buying a home in Colorado it is best to read up on Radon (the EPA link above is the best place) then decide on your personal comfort level before taking action to mitigate. I do always suggest getting levels tested prior to purchasing a home so you can make a informed decision.
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