Lead


For more information on lead:

EPA Website

NACHI Website

Mold


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Ten Things To Know About Mold

1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.

2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

3. If mold is a problem in your home, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
a. venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside;
b. using air conditioners and de-humidifiers;
c. increasing ventilation;
d. using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting

10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.


For more information on mold:
EPA Website

NACHI Website




Radon


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What is Radon Gas?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas with  no color, odor or taste and is chemically inert. It comes from the breakdown of uranium. As the uranium molecule decays to form stable lead, a process taking many, many years, it changes from one radioactive element to another in a sequence known as the Uranium Decay Cycle. Partway through this cycle, the element radium becomes radon which as a gas moves up through the soil to the atmosphere and into the air we breathe.

Is Radon a Problem in Colorado?
Excessive radon levels have been found in all of the 50 states. In Colorado, approximately 50% of the homes have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L).

How can Radon Damage My Health?
Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. 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.

How Does Radon Enter My Home?

  • Spaces between basement walls and slab 

  • Cracks in foundations and/or walls

  • Openings around sump pumps and drains

  • Constructions joints and plumbing penetrations

  • Crawl Spaces

  • Using well water with high radon concentrations


Radon in Condominiums

The EPA recommends that anyone who lives on the third floor or below in a condo test their home for radon. I encourage owners to work with their association to conduct commercial level tests within their development. Results from a single unit may or may not be representative of the building . Mitigation may fall under the associations umbrella and could require action/approval by the association.


For more information on Radon:

EPA Website

Colorado Dept of Public Health & Environment

Home Environmental Concerns

Great Divide Property Inspections

Asbestos


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For more information on asbestos:

EPA Website

NACHI Website