There is a lot of information out there about radon, and even more opinions about it. Is it real? Does it actually cause cancer? Does radon mitigation work? Lets address the top 5 radon myths.
There is some dispute about the number of deaths that can be attributed to radon, but all major health organizations backed by science agree that radon is linked to thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year.
Radon is caused when uranium in soil decays and can be found ANYWHERE that there is soil, rocks, dirt, etc. Now there is some truth that some areas may begin with a higher concentration of uranium, therefore HIGHER levels of radon may be found. But radon can be found everywhere.
This is one we hear a lot and it is totally false. The soil is different inch by inch, so your foundation is built on different soil. And then there is your house. Maybe a different kind of cement was used, maybe you have more gaps around construction joints. It is best to just test your home for radon.
So this isn’t technically a radon myth. Radon can be present in water. However, the risk is MUCH lower than breathing it in through the air. It is much more important to test for radon in your air than water.
No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, you will reduce your risk of contracting lung cancer when you reduce your radon levels. Even if you’ve already been exposed for awhile.
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