Dispelling Some Myths About Radon

It is a worrying fact that the second biggest cause of lung cancer may be present in your own basement, often dwelling there without you knowing at all that it exists. Radon gas is carcinogenic and dangerous to breath in excess. If there is ever a doubt if you should test your home for radon gas, you should almost always get your house checked.

The problem with radon is that it is invisible—you cannot taste, smell or see it. The best way to check for radon levels it to perform a test using a radon test kit. These kits are often done over the course of forty-eight hours, followed by a week of analysis in a laboratory before any results of the test will be returned to you. There are other, quicker ways to test for radon levels though they often come at a higher price.

What should you do if you realize that the radon gas levels in your house is higher than safety levels (4 pCi/l)? Then you should definitely take measures to reduce those levels to below 4 pCi/l. It varies from home to home what measures should be taken, depending on the size and design of your property, so it is always best to have a professional look over and see what exactly needs to be done.

There are some myths people bring up that stops them from getting their homes checks for radon levels. Here are three common excuses:

My house is brand new. While it is natural to believe that older homes will contain higher radon levels than newer houses, this is not true. It all depends on the size and design of the property, which means even a new house may have higher radon levels than some older homes.

My next-door neighbor has low randon levels, which means I would not either. The design of the property is just one of several parameters that decides the radon level of your house. Your crawl space and sump pits may be different to your neighbors. Your floors may have cracks and openings that you may not be aware of. For all you know, the radon levels of your house may be double of that of your neighbor’s.

I’ve been living in the same house for decades and radon hasn’t affected me one bit. The risks are still there, and even higher for people who smoke. Life is not worth gambling; you may not get lung cancer, but your significant other and your children may.


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