Did you know that exposure to radon gas causes over 21,000 deaths annually? The only thing more dangerous is smoking!
Radon is a radioactive gas that humans can’t smell, taste or see. For this reason, it is essential that your home is regularly tested. Just because you aren’t aware of its presence doesn’t mean you are in the clear. In the following article, we will take a look at the most common myths about this dangerous domestic problem.
Here is what the EPA has to say about the common radon myths and what the real threat it poses to your life and home.
MYTH 1: Scientists are not sure that radon really is a problem.
While no one is quite sure how many deaths are caused by radon exposure each year, the Center of Disease Control, American Medical Association and American Lung Association all say the exact same thing: Radon causes many preventable deaths from lung cancer each year. For smokers, the risk is much higher.
MYTH 2: Radon testing is difficult, time-consuming and expensive
It is actually very easy to perform these tests. This can either be done by a qualified radon testing company or by the homeowners themselves. Either way the test is easy to perform and not very costly or time-consuming.
MYTH 3: Homes with radon problems can’t be fixed.
Actually, there are many situations to this potentially serious problem. Problems with radon can be addressed just like any other home repair. But you will probably want to get the advice from professional radon mitigation contractors before you begin.
MYTH 4: Only Certain Kinds of Homes are at Risk for Radon Contamination
Radon issues can occur in all types of homes. New homes, old homes, insulated homes and drafty homes. The main conditions that determine a threat to the home include construction materials as well as the local geology, along with a few others.
MYTH 5: Radon is only a problem in some parts of the country
While radon issue is more serious in some areas, high levels of radon have been found in all parts of the country. The only way to determine the threat level in your home is with proper testing.
MYTH 6: The Neighbor’s test can be an indication of your property’s threat levels.
Radon levels vary greatly from location to location. The only way to rule out this problem in your home is through proper testing.
MYTH 7: Everyone should test their water for radon
It is true that radon can get into the home through the water supply. But it will be far more important to check the levels of radon in the air. If your water supply comes from groundwater sources, it will be important to call the water company supplying your home’s water.
What Teton Radon Services can do for you
Now that you have been educated by these 7 radon myths debunked, it is time to take action. At Teton Radon Services we have over 15 years of experience providing superior radon testing services here in Idaho Falls. We have the skills to identify the issue and perform the proper actions to reduce the threat. Testing is quick and easy and we offer both Charcoal and Continuous Radon Monitors (CRM) to protect your home and loved ones from this potential problem.
If you are a homeowner in Wyoming, Montana or Central and Eastern/Southeastern Idaho, call (208) 520-8048 to arrange a consultation with our experienced radon professionals.