Updated: Feb 17, 2020
I test many homes in the Kansas City area every year for radon. People sometimes come to us with preconceived notions about radon and myths that they have heard from a friend or family member. Radon is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Here are some myths that we have heard from people.
Myth : My house is on a slab it doesn’t have a problem
Fact: High radon levels can occur in any home. The only way to know for sure is test.
Myth: My house is new, we don’t radon.
Fact: High radon levels can occur in any home. However there is a bit of truth to this one because most new homes are built with a passive radon mitigation system installed. This may help with radon levels. Even with a passive system levels can still be high and a test needs to be completed after a new home is completely done with construction to be sure.
Myth: You are a smoker already, radon shouldn’t be your top concern.
Fact: Smokers and people living in a home with a smoker have 10x greater chance of getting lung cancer from radon than non smokers.
Myth: I don’t go in the basement, radon is not a problem for me.
Fact: Radon levels are usually (not always) higher in the lowest floor of a home. This does not mean this is the only area radon exists. A test can be completed on a main or second floor of a home if the homeowner wishes.
Myth: I don’t believe in radon.
Fact: There has been decades of research done on radon and it’s effects on our health.
Myth: Our area doesn’t have radon, it’s a waste of money to test.
Fact: Everywhere in the continental US has radon gas. Our home Inspection company is located in Kansas City and there relatively high levels here. There are places like KC, Illinois and Ohio where it is more common to be higher than areas like Louisiana. This does not mean you should not test. It is still possible to high a high enough level to be a negative impact on your health.
Myth: My house was tested 10 years ago, I don’t need a test.
Fact: Homes should be tested every 3-5 years. Levels can change over time. You also need to retest after any home improvement or construction projects. Something like a new patio, heating and cooling system, or kitchen remodel could effect your radon level in a positive or negative way.
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