While certain myths or bits of misinformation in our world aren’t all that harmful, the realm of radon is not one of these. Misconceptions about radon, which is a harmful gas that causes thousands of deaths annually, can lead to unsafe conditions and other major risks, and it’s important to have the proper information on this substance for any home you live in.
At Absolute Radon Safety, we’re here to not only provide high-quality radon testing and radon mitigation services, but also to ensure our clients are properly informed on this substance at all times. Here are some of the most common myths we’ve heard about radon over the years, plus the correct information in each of these areas.
Myth #1: Scientists Are Still Unsure if Radon is Truly Harmful
We’re truly unsure where this myth even originated from, and it’s one of the most harmful when it comes to radon. The truth is, there is an overwhelming amount of research that proves radon exposure can cause lung cancer, and the gas has been classified as a known human carcinogen by both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
If anyone is telling you that scientists are still unsure about the effects of radon exposure, be sure to set them straight and educate them on this harmful gas.
Myth #2: Radon is Only a Problem in Certain Areas of the Country
While it’s true that radon levels can vary depending on your location, this doesn’t mean that it’s not a problem anywhere. In fact, the EPA has estimated that over 20% of homes in the US have elevated radon levels.
No matter where you live, it’s important to get your home tested for radon and take proper mitigation steps if levels are high.
Myth #3: Radon is only a Problem in Old Homes
Not at all. Radon can enter any home, new or old, through cracks and other openings in the foundation. It’s important to test for radon in any home you live in, regardless of its age.
In fact, some of the worst radon issues are found in newer homes whose owners have not tested for the gas. Be sure to always test for radon, and if levels are high, take the necessary mitigation steps.
Myth #4: Radon Testing is Expensive and Time-Consuming
Again, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Radon testing is a quick and easy process that only takes a few minutes, and it’s one of the most important things you can do to protect your family’s health.
If you’re concerned about the cost of testing, many states offer free or discounted test kits through their state radon program. Be sure to check with your state radon office for more information.
Myth #5: You Don’t Need to Test for Radon If You’ve Recently Had Your Home Tested
This is one of the most dangerous myths when it comes to radon, as it can lead to people thinking they’re safe when they’re not. Just because you’ve recently had your home tested for radon doesn’t mean levels haven’t changed since then, or that your home is now safe.
It’s important to test for radon regularly, especially if you’ve recently made any changes to your home that could have affected the levels of the gas. And remember, even if levels are low, it’s still important to take mitigation steps to ensure your family is safe.
At Absolute Radon Safety, we’re dedicated to educating our clients on all things radon. Be sure to check out our website for more information on this harmful gas, and contact us if you have any questions or need help testing or mitigating your home’s radon levels.
Myth #6: Once Radon is Present, It’s Here to Stay
Nope! One of the only misconceptions on our list that’s actually too negative is this one, as there are multiple methods for mitigating high levels of radon in your home. If you find out that your home has high levels of radon, don’t panic! There are many solutions available to you, and Absolute Radon Safety can help you find the best one for your home.
Myth #7: Homeowners Can Mitigate Radon By Themselves
Simply put, no one without extensive training and experience in radon mitigation should attempt to mitigate high levels of the gas in their home. It’s important to have a professional inspect your home and take the necessary steps to reduce levels, as improper mitigation can actually make the problem worse.
Not only this, but attempts to DIY a radon solution can create extreme health and safety risks for you and your family. Leave the mitigation to the professionals at Absolute Radon Safety and rest easy knowing your home is safe from this harmful gas.
Myth #8: Your Neighbor’s Test Works for You, Too
Some people are under the mistaken assumption that if a friendly neighbor has recently had a radon test and is willing to share the results with you, then your home must be safe as long as their levels aren’t too high. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case – in fact, every home should have its own individual test to ensure accurate results.
Even if levels are low in your neighbor’s home, that doesn’t mean yours will be the same. Even within properties that are right next to one another, levels can vary significantly, so it’s always important to test for radon yourself.
For more on the common myths out there surrounding radon and how to get the proper information in any of these areas, or to learn about our radon testing, radon mitigation and other services, speak to the team at Absolute Radon Safety today.