How Often Should You Test For Radon?


We are non-smokers who live active lifestyles, filled with biking, hiking and running among other physically rigorous activities. We strive to keep our bodies running optimally with healthy food, lots of water and tons of fresh air.

When we found out in a recent radon test that our home came back with higher levels than the EPA recommends, we were shocked. High levels of radon gas in a home have been compared to smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day, even for us non-smokers. The thought of anyone lighting up a cigarette inside our home is extremely repulsive. 

When we bought our home years back, we were within the EPA recommended limits of less than 4pCi/l (picocuries per liter). Why this difference in test results? Gas pockets in the earth shift, time of year and the method for testing all play a role. Construction in nearby areas can also have a significant impact on radon levels and there happens to be a new housing development right by us! For these reasons, among others, the EPA recommends testing every 2 years, even if you have mitigation in place.

What did we do after finding out these results? Fresh air took on a whole new meaning!  We scheduled a contractor to install radon mitigation in our home, which can reduce radon levels by 99%. After smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer. 

Have your home tested today with Western Home Inspections. We’re offering a promotional price this fall.  Call us at 720.683.9020 to learn more and get scheduled today!

Leslie Amico