Radon: Unseen menace

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Radon: Unseen menace

It's common in La Plata County homes
La Plata County levels of radon are more than four times the national average. Chris Herman of HouseMaster Home Inspection of Durango squeezes through a crawl space beneath a house on East Fifth Avenue while installing a radon-mitigation depressurization system.
Joe Bisogno of HouseMaster Home Inspection of Durango pushes PVC piping through a hole to Chris Herman. The piping will be used in a depressurization system beneath a house on East Fifth Avenue.
Just as radon works its way through fissures into local homes, Chris Herman of HouseMaster Home Inspection of Durango struggles to squeeze through a crawl space while doing radon mitigation work on East Fifth Avenue.
Chris Herman of HouseMaster Home Inspection of Durango explains the process of installing a depressurization system to assist with radon gas mitigation from within a house on East Fifth Avenue Monday.
For more information

Wendy Rice, a consumer science agent for the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension in Durango, has scheduled a number of talks about radon. She will speak in the Pine Room at the La Plata County Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 20; at 4 p.m. Jan. 23; and at noon Feb. 4.
Rice also will talk in Cortez at the Extension Office, 109 West Main Ave., at 10 a.m. Feb. 9; and in Pagosa Springs at the Extension Office, 344 U.S. Highway 84, at 4 p.m. Jan. 28 and 1 p.m. Feb. 25.
The cost is $10, which includes a radon test kit. The kits are available alone for $10.
Rice can be reached at 382-6461.
Also of note:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has coupons for reduced-cost radon test kits at www.coloradoradon.info. The website also lists certified contractors who install radon-mitigation systems.
Information about radon is available at a state hotline, (800) 846-3986, and at local health departments or CSU Extension offices.
The website of Air Chek Inc., which analyzes radon test-kit recordings, has two maps. One shows levels of radon by state; the other shows radon levels within a state chosen by the viewer. The website is www.radon.com/maps.

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Radon: Unseen menace

La Plata County levels of radon are more than four times the national average. Chris Herman of HouseMaster Home Inspection of Durango squeezes through a crawl space beneath a house on East Fifth Avenue while installing a radon-mitigation depressurization system.
Joe Bisogno of HouseMaster Home Inspection of Durango pushes PVC piping through a hole to Chris Herman. The piping will be used in a depressurization system beneath a house on East Fifth Avenue.
Just as radon works its way through fissures into local homes, Chris Herman of HouseMaster Home Inspection of Durango struggles to squeeze through a crawl space while doing radon mitigation work on East Fifth Avenue.
Chris Herman of HouseMaster Home Inspection of Durango explains the process of installing a depressurization system to assist with radon gas mitigation from within a house on East Fifth Avenue Monday.
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