Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is an important part of a healthy home environment. There are many environmental factors that can create indoor air quality issues and concerns. Things like mold, radon, lead-based paint, pesticides, secondhand smoke, and meth-labs can all affect the quality of the air that you breathe indoors.
Mold is everywhere in our environment, both indoors and outdoors! Typically, mold is seen as a beneficial organism in the environment and does not impact public health. However, when homes have excessive dampness from thing like broken plumbing, or poor ventilation, mold can manifest to levels that can produce fungal allergies and respiratory issues for occupants.
Unfortunately, there are no federal, state or local regulatory limits for mold in residential settings. Clear Creek County Environmental Health does not have any jurisdiction regarding mold found in homes, including rental properties. If you are tenant experiencing indoor air quality issues related to mold, you may reach out to the Clear Creek County Housing Authority for guidance.
Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless gas that is found all across the United States. It occurs when uranium found in soil, rock and water begins to break down. During the construction of a home the gas can be released into the home through microscopic cracks and holes in the foundation of the building. It can also be released into the home from radon contaminated well water that enters the residence through things like showering and sinks. Radon levels in mountain communities tend to be higher due to our geological makeup.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Radon is the second leading causer of lung cancer in the United States.
Radon testing kits are available for purchase through home improvement stores, and we are hoping to have them available at no cost to our residents through the Environmental Health Department in the near future. Homeowners can take actions to reduce radon in their homes. Certified contractors can install radon reduction systems to help expel radon out of the building and bring the levels down to improve the indoor air quality of your home.
*FREE RADON TESTING KITS ARE CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED ONCE THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. TESTING KITS WILL BE GIVEN OUT ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS AND SUPPLIES WILL BE LIMITED*
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT CHARLOTTE HAMPSON AT (303) 679-2420 OR CHAMPSON@CLEARCREEKCOUNTY.US.
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