Should you test for Radon? Simply put, yes.
Radon is very common in Colorado Springs. When shopping for real estate in Colorado Springs it’s important to keep in mind. Radon is a radioactive gas formed by the decay of radium that comes through the soil and up through your foundation or slab. It can condense in your home and over time tend to promote lung cancer. According to the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking cigarettes. The EPA has set 4.0 picoCuries per liter as the level at which a mitigation system is recommended.
I recommend testing to all my buyers. I point them to the EPA website to educate them.
If clients tell me they are not concerned for their health, I remind them that the next buyer probably will be. So you can consider it a health issue or a resale issue – either way, now is the best time to test. This isn’t just a home, it’s an investment. Nearly all of my clients have the test done and about 50% of those tests come in above 4.0 pCi/L. I sold a home in Divide, Colorado where the radon tested at 53 pCi/L. I have heard of levels well over 100 pCi/L. You can’t assume you know where in Colorado Springs, Divide or Monument the radon will be high and where it won’t. There can be homes side by side with totally different readings. The cost for the test ranges from about $40 to $175.
Finding that the home you love has elevated radon levels doesn’t have to be a problem. Radon mitigation will cost between $900 and $1800, depending on the type of foundation and size of home, and it works! The technician will take a reading, then install the system, then come back and make sure the level is below 4.0. Testing the home at the time of the home inspection gives an opportunity to negotiate with the seller for either all or part of the cost of the system. Once you have a system installed it does not stigmatize your property. The next buyer can rest assured that the problem has been dealt with.