Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, and radioactive gas that can have a significant impact on your indoor air quality and even cause lung cancer. Despite ongoing research and dissemination of information about radon by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are still many misconceptions about the risks and how to test and mitigate for this potentially dangerous gas.
MYTHS AND FACTS
At Mirowski Inspections, we understand the importance of educating our clients about the myths and facts surrounding radon. Here are some of the most common misconceptions and the actual facts you need to know:
Myth: Scientists are not sure that radon is a problem.
Fact: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths from radon, all major health organizations agree that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths each year.
Myth: Radon testing devices are unreliable and hard to find.
Fact: Reliable radon tests are available from qualified radon testing companies such as Mirowski Inspections. We use only continuous radon monitors that accurately measure and record radon levels and detect any fluctuations during the testing period.
Myth: Homes with radon cannot be fixed.
Fact: There are solutions available to address radon problems in a home. Professional mitigation systems can be installed to reduce radon levels and ensure safe indoor air quality.
Myth:Radon only affects certain types of homes.
Fact: Radon can be present in homes of all ages and types, whether they have a basement or a crawlspace.
Myth: If your neighbor has low levels of radon, you should have low levels too.
Fact: Radon levels can vary significantly from home to home, and the only way to determine your indoor levels is to conduct a radon test.
Myth: It is difficult to sell a home with a radon issue.
Fact: If a radon problem has been professionally mitigated, it should not impact the sale of a home. In fact, homes with installed mitigation systems can be desirable to potential buyers.
Myth: Tested homes with low radon results do not need to be retested.
Fact: The EPA recommends retesting homes every two years, especially if no mitigation system has been installed, as ground formations can change over time.
If you are concerned about radon in your home or building, please contact us at 417-873-9517 to schedule a radon test. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have and help you create a safer and healthier indoor environment. To learn more about radon risks and testing, please visit the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/radon