Top Myths and Facts About Radon
There are many misconceptions about Radon and living inside high concentrations of the gas.
- Radon Tests are Expensive and Difficult to Administer
- My home is fine, I don’t need to worry about Radon
- My neighbor has low scores, so my house is fine
- It is impossible to sell a home with a history of Radon
- Short-term Tests are not conclusive
- I have lived here long enough that if there is Radon it is too late to do anything
- All homeowners should test for Radon in water
- You don’t need to worry about Radon in all areas of the country
- Not all Radon problems can be solved
- Radon is not that dangerous
Above are some of the most common concerns and questions that we hear from potential customers. Here we will go through some of the biggest myths and facts about Radon.
Radon Tests are Expensive and Take a Long Time
Short-term Radon tests are not only easy to administer but they are also inexpensive compared to other Radon tests. Short-term tests take around 2 – 7 days and perhaps the toughest part of the test is waiting. Most of these tests are around $15.00 as offered by National Radon Program Services.
My home is fine, I don’t need to worry about Radon tests
Some folks actually believe that because their home is newer or because it is a ranch style home they do not need to worry about testing for Radon. Nothing could be further from the truth. All homes, regardless of age, style or build are all capable of trapping Radon gases in the home. All homes should be tested for high Radon levels.
My neighbor has lower scores, so I will too.
There is not one house that has exactly the same footprint as the next. Different soils, different foundations and many other factors mean that each house has a completely different exposure to Radon. So regardless of your neighbor’s Radon scores, it is critical that you test your home independently of anyone else’s results. Your neighbor’s home while on the same type of soils was constructed independently of your home and so there are several differences between the structures.
It is impossible to sell a home with a history of Radon
A home that has a history of Radon that has been systematically mitigated with records of tests completed before and after treatment typically has zero issue being sold. This according to many real estate agents that have claimed a resolved Radon issue created a neutral or positive effect on the sales process for the home. It is only neglected issues of known Radon levels that can create an issue during the sale of a home.
Short-term tests are not conclusive
Short-term tests while not comprehensive, are still a good indicator of ranges of radon levels. It is always recommended that you complete a long-term radon test as it will give more comprehensive test scores.
However, high radon levels indicated from short-term radon tests should be taken seriously. If you receive test scores of 4 pCi/L or higher from two or more tests it would be good to start taking action and mitigating Radon levels. If you do complete two short-term tests and receive scores lower than 4 pCi/L, you should still complete a long-term Radon test.
I have lived here long enough, it is too late to do anything now
Reducing your exposure to high radon levels is critical to living a healthy life. It is never too late to take action about Radon. Testing now will allow you to take immediate action and bring down the radon levels inside of your home.
All homeowners should test their water for Radon
Radon testing for airborne levels is important, water tests for radon should happen in addition to traditional radon tests. Most homes receive water from a public water source which should already test and report radon levels, so the risk of high levels of radon in the water is unlikely. Water from personal wells or other sources are typically better candidates for higher radon levels.
You don’t need to worry about Radon testing in certain parts of the country
Radon levels really do change from home to home and each home has its own unique fingerprint when it comes to Radon. The amount of Radon in your home as compared to a home across the street depends on several factors such as construction of the home, specific soil, etc. So while some parts of the country do indeed have lower Radon levels than other areas, it is still important to find out where your house in particular scores for Radon.
Not all Radon problems can be solved
According to the National Radon Program Services site, less than 8% of homes have radon levels high enough that they need to be mitigated. There are several different ways to address high radon levels and a mitigation system is only one remedy. According to the National Radon Program Services site, “virtually any home can be fixed”.
Radon is not that dangerous
Currently the EPA, the Center for Disease control, American Lung Association as well as the American Medical Association have all agreed that radon has a harmful effect on human health. There have been several Doctors and other experts over time that have made different claims in regards to Radon and different levels being healthier than higher levels of Radon. At the end of the day, any level of Radon has proven to be unhealthy.