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Colorado County May Require Radon Mitigation Systems in All Homes

Radon gas is common in La Plata County, Colorado, which is why the county is considering updating building code to require a radon mitigation system in all homes. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally throughout the country and is linked to 500 deaths in Colorado annually.

The updates to the building code would require a radon ventilation system in all new constructions. Although retrofitting existing homes would be more difficult, according to Building Department Director Butch Knowlton, it would still be a requirement under the updated code.

There are concerns about requiring homeowners to pay for a system they may not need, which is why the goal is to keep the requirements reasonable. The estimated cost for retrofitting a home is between $1,800 and $2,500. The county remains in the preliminary stages of considering the building code changes.

Radon requirements for buildings already have been adopted by many Colorado towns and counties, lending further encouragement to La Plata County's plan. If the code updates are made official, they could be ready for adoption as early as the beginning of 2016.

If you want to learn more about a radon mitigation system for your home, your local National Radon Defense dealer can help. They have the experience and expertise needed to ensure your home is protected from radon.