• 01/02/2019 10:00 AM | Terry Kerwin (Administrator)

    We have felt some slowdown in the real estate market in the Denver metro area in 2018.  Interest rates have risen. Current average days on the market have risen to 31 days.  The real estate professionals are reporting a turn in the market to slightly favor the buyer vs. the seller.  While this could be quickly remedied in the coming months with a decline in inventory, I say we should enjoy the buyer in control.  After all, the buyer cares more about what they are getting for their money. 

    It always pains me to hear a seller or seller’s agent ask to take short cuts to get the costs down on radon systems.  While I have a hard time with this and almost always lose out to a competitor or pass with this kind of client, there are plenty making money this way in the radon industry.  Using inferior products, unqualified or cheap labor, or not treating the crawl space because the next measurement will likely only be in the basement.  Some aim to get the level just below 4 pCi/L, with minimal efforts to improve the overall indoor air quality.  If you participate in this kind of business practice, I urge you to reconsider.  In our standards, we take the oath of ALARA, as low as reasonably achievable.  As a group of professionals, let’s practice that.  You could actually save someone’s life.

    Educate your buyers’ agents, because inevitably, they will also be a sellers’ agent.  Let them know that there is still a risk of cancer, in fact, many cases are reported from averages below 4 pCi/L.  Remind them that this IS a serious health risk, not something for which they should pay the cheapest price. A couple of hundred dollars is pennies on the dollar in terms of the real estate agents’ commission and the wellness of the future occupant.  The cost of lung cancer treatment can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Educate your home inspectors and real estate agents to help identify what a problem system looks like and when to call a professional for a system inspection.  Encourage the real estate agent to always advise their clients to test, regardless of whether or not the home has a system, regardless of the age of the system.

    There are an estimated 50,000 people expected in net migration to Colorado this year.  The builders are still busy producing new homes, many with no systems or passive systems that may or may not work.  There is predicted to be an abundance of commercial and industrial work for 2019. We are very fortunate in Colorado to have many new opportunities. We would love to have members from other states share news in their marketplaces as well.  Please send us an email to info@rockymtnaarst.org.

    May your year be prosperous and rewarding.

    Terry Kerwin

    President – Rocky Mountain AARST


  • 09/21/2018 9:21 PM | Terry Kerwin (Administrator)

    2016 – 2020 Colorado Cancer Plan INCLUDES RADON

    by Terry Kerwin 

    21st September, 2018

    All of the Colorado radon professionals were sent an email by Chrystine Kelley recently about the Biden Cancer Community Summit in Denver on Sept 21st. I know we all get WAY TOO MANY emails across the board, it’s difficult to keep up. Some go unread until the event has lapsed, at least in my inbox. This one peaked my interest, so I opened it, and something miraculous happened: I put it in my already congested calendar. I attended, along with Crystal Lytle, Aaron Trapp, and Dr. Leo Moorman, all of the Rocky Mountain AARST Chapter. Not a bad turn out for radon, I told myself.

    I have been to a few other cancer and lung events, in my short tenure in this industry, where radon wasn’t even brought up. During an event given to explain the new low dose CT scan, a participate asked the Oncologist about other causes of lung cancer, other than smoking. Radon (was mumbled quickly) ….and a few other things. I was shocked. This event, it was different. This event gave me so much hope that this cause of lung cancer is finally being taken seriously in our Zone 1 state. Radon was mentioned in the discussion, not once but twice. Radon was on the chart that radiologist, Dr. Debra S. Dyer, MD, FACR displayed on the big screen in front of us all. FINALLY! But the best was yet to come.

    The CDPHE put out a booklet for this event: 2016 – 2020 Colorado Cancer Plan: The Roadmap to Reducing the Burden of Cancer in Colorado. As we were going through the booklet, it talks about, “What You Can Do”. Furthermore, it breaks this down into the “who” can do it. Right there, under the “Health insurers and Policymakers can…”, I found “support policies that make it easy for Coloradoans to make healthy choices and to reduce their exposure to environmental carcinogens”. Radon IS an environmental carcinogen! Fast forward a few more pages into the “Prevention” section. “Goal #4: Objective 4.1: Increase knowledge and community infrastructure to decrease exposure to radon.” That was just the header. 2/3 of a page in the prevention section, followed by an article on the following page titled: “THE SILENT KILLER: RADON IN COLORADO”. Yes, it was titled in all caps! This publication made by the State of Colorado Dept. of Health & Environment, could be the segue way we are looking for to get the much-needed Awareness Act passed here in Colorado. It’s time to get a little mad about the fact that some people in this state still have no idea what radon is, nor that it’s dangerous. Where Is the outrage in the Colorado radon industry? Why haven’t we pursued this further? The time is now. It’s time to band together and get this done. If you would like a copy of the above referenced publication, please contact CDPHE at (303) 692-2000 or www.colorado.gov/cdphe.

    Terry Kerwin – Reliant Radon Solutions

    President – Rocky Mountain AARST Chapter


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