Radon: Myths and Facts

Today we are going to talk about some myths and facts regarding radon.  Radon testing, radon exposure, radon in homes, and radon in the greater Indianapolis area.  The EPA discusses these in greater detail and can be found at the bottom of this article.  Based off questions asked by clients, potential customers, real estate agents, and more, these particular myths seem to be the most prevalent.  The point of this article will be to set those myths straight.

 

Myth:  it’s difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.

 

Fact:  There are simple solutions to radon‘s presence in homes.  Hundreds of thousands of home owners have already had and resolved radon problems in their homes.  If you are considering selling your home, we recommend that you do a radon test prior to putting it on the market.  Therefore if any radon problems are uncovered you can resolve them before a potential buyer discovers it.  The added protection can be a great selling point. 

 

Myth:  Radon only affects certain types of homes.

 

Fact:  House construction can affect radon levels.  However, as we have discussed in previous articles (found here & here) radon does not discriminate, new or old homes, drafty or insulated, with or without a basement.  The EPA states “Local geology, construction materials, and how the home was built are among the factors that can affect radon levels”.

 

Myth:  Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.

 

Fact:  As we saw in our last blog (here), radon is found all over the United States as it is a naturally occurring radioactive gas.  Levels of radon can vary by region or even state in some cases, but radon is never obsolete.  As a reminder, Most of Indiana and all of Central Indiana including Indianapolis, Carmel, Greenwood, and their surrounding counties are classified by the EPA as Zone 1 (highest potential).

 

Myth:  Scientist aren’t sure radon is really a problem.

 

Fact:  Though some scientist dispute the exact number of deaths due to radon, all major health organizations such as; The Center for Disease Control, the American Lung Association, and the American Medical Association, agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year.  And is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. 

 

Myth:  Radon testing is difficult, time consuming, and expensive. 

 

 

Fact:  Radon testing is easy.  Contact the qualified professionals at Cornerstone Inspection Services to schedule an appointment today.

 

For more information on myths and facts regarding radon visit the EPA website.  Then contact the qualified professionals at Cornerstone Inspection Services to make sure you and your family are free from harm.

 

 

 

**Sources:

http://www.epa.gov/radon/

http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html

 

 

Author:  B.J. Bessler - Marketing Manager 

 

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