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Other Mold Resources: - A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home - Homeowner's Guide to Moisture Management - Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings (Although it was written for schools and commercial buildings, the concepts apply to the home setting as well)
Note: Tri-County Health Department cannot provide legal services. For further legal questions you can contact Colorado Legal Services at 303-837-1313.
Tri-County Health Department places a radon meter in your home and measures the radon levels for comparison to the EPA standard of 4.0 pCi/l (picocuries per liter). The house needs to be closed up (no doors or windows left ajar) for at least 12 hours prior to sampling. We provide you with a written report that summarizes the results. This is a free service for residents but we charge a fee for businesses and non-county government agencies.
The EPA standard of 4 picocuries per liter of air is an annual standard. If you aren’t in a hurry (for example, selling or buying the tested home), then re-test the home for 3 months to a year using a long term radon test kit, to get a better idea of what the average level is. If you don’t have the time, then re-test with another short term radon test kit. If the average of the two short term tests OR the result of the long term test is 4 pCi/l or higher, hire a radon mitigator to install a mitigation system. For a list of companies certified in Colorado visit Certified Radon Measurement and Mitigation Contractors. Other Radon Resources: Citizens Guide to Radon, Dealing with Radon in Real Estate Transactions
For more information see EPA's Asbestos website.
There are three main exposure routes for asbestos fibers: (1) inhalation, (2) ingestion, and (3) skin contact. However, inhalation is the primary route of entry leading to asbestos-related disease. Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling. Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are: lung cancer, mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart) and asbestosis (a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs). For more information on these and other health effects of asbestos exposure see the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Cancer Institute.