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Debunking The 5 Most Common Radon Myths

As radon testing and mitigation specialists, we’ve heard many myths surrounding this invisible, tasteless and odorless gas.

Here are the five most common:

Myth#1: Radon Isn’t Dangerous

Radon isn’t just dangerous; it’s deadly. In fact, radon gas is responsible for 15 percent of lung cancers worldwide. Here in the United States, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, and every year more than 150,000 people die from this deadly disease.

Myth #2: I’ve already lived in my house for many years, so it wouldn’t matter if I did something about radon now.

Although you may have been exposed to high radon levels your whole life, it’s never too late to do something about the radon in your home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recommends that your home’s radon level stay below 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). To put it into perspective, having a consistent level of 1pCi/L is equivalent to smoking 2.5 cigarettes a day. Just as it’s never too late to stop smoking, it’s also never too late to take action against radon.

Myth #3: Radon tests are expensive and take a long time

Testing your home for radon is easy and inexpensive. As a homeowner, you have two options when testing your home for radon:

Option #1:

Purchasing a Do It Yourself Charcoal Test Kit from your local hardware store. Be sure to check with your local health department to see if your state provides free or discounted radon test kits. These simple, inexpensive and accurate tests can be completed in just a few short days. After the test is complete, the kit will need to be submitted to a lab for testing. Information on where to submit your kit will be provided on the label of your DIY test kit. Once the results are completed, you will be notified of your home’s levels. It is at this point for you decide to take further action against the radon in your home.

Option #2:

Hiring a licensed radon specialist to conduct a Continuous Radon Monitoring (CRM) test within your home. This test will produce the most accurate results regarding your home’s radon level. To get started, a specialist will leave the CRM test in your home for 48 hours. During this time, hour-by-hour readings will be conducted. Once the 48 hours is complete, your specialist will print an instant report of your home’s radon levels throughout the last two days. At this point, you’ll be given an average radon level within your home in addition to seeing how radon levels can increase and decrease over the course of a day. At this time, you will be able to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you have, and, if interested, learn about the benefits of having a radon mitigation system installed.

Myth #4: You only need to worry about radon if you live in certain areas of the country

Wherever there’s soil, there’s radon. Unfortunately, the Midwest is known for having high uranium deposits in the soil, and this means high radon levels. Click here for a current EPA heat map of your state’s radon levels.

Myth #5: My neighbors tested low for radon, therefore my levels should be low.

This is a common misconception we hear from homeowners. The bottom line is, the only way to know your home’s radon levels is to have it tested. Every home rests above soil with different levels of uranium deposits. Additionally, there are several contributing factors that could increase the levels within your home, such as the tightness of your home’s infrastructure, having a vented or sealed crawl space and more.

 

What Now?

At Thrasher, our mission is to create happier and healthier homes. We strongly recommend that each home be tested for radon and that action take place if the levels are high. Thrasher’s custom designed Radon Mitigation System comes with a 10-year warranty, guaranteeing that your home’s radon levels will stay below 4.0 pCi/L. Contact us today to schedule a Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) test, or for a free radon mitigation system consult.

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