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A Citizens Guide to Radon: Myths Vs Facts PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 July 2010 07:16
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FACT: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths attributable to radon, all major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths each year. This is especially true among smokers, because the risk to smokers is much greater than non-smokers.

MYTH: Radon testing is difficult, time consuming and costly.

FACT: Radon testing is easy. You can test your home yourself or hire a company qualified radon test. These two approaches only takes a small amount of time and effort.

devices MYTH: Radon testing is not reliable and are difficult to find.

FACT: Reliable control devices are available from qualified radon testers and companies. reliable control devices are also available by phone or by mail, and can be purchased in hardware stores and other retail stores. Call your state radon office7 help in identifying radon testing companies.

MYTH: Homes with radon problems can be fixed.

FACT: There are simple solutions to radon problems in homes. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their home. Radon levels can be easily reduced from $ 800 to $ 2,500 (with an average cost of $ 1200) .. Call your state radon office7 to help identify mitigation qualified contractors.

MYTH: Radon affects only certain types of housing.

FACT: The housing can affect radon levels. However, radon can be a problem in homes of all types: old homes, new homes and drafts, insulating homes, homes with basements and homes without basements. Local geology, construction materials, and how the house was built are among the factors that can affect radon levels in homes.

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

FACT: High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems vary from one region to another, but the only way to know your radon level is to test.

MYTH: The results of testing of a neighbor is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.

FACT: It is not. Radon concentrations can vary greatly from house to. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

MYTH: Everyone should test their water for radon.

FACT: Although radon gets into some homes in the water, it is important to first test the air in your home for radon. If your water comes from a public water supply that uses ground water, call your water provider. If radon levels are high and the house has a private well, call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 800-426-4791 for information about testing your water.

MYTH: It is difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.

FACT: Where radon problems have been fixed, home sales have not been blocked or frustrated. The additional protection is sometimes a good selling point.

MYTH: I lived in my house for so long, it makes no sense to take action now.

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you've lived with a radon problem for a long period.

MYTH: The short-term tests can be used to make a decision on whether to fix your house.

FACT: A short-term test, followed by a short-* test second term can be used to decide whether to fix your home. However, over the average of your two short-term tests is 4 pCi / L, the less you can be sure whether you mean the year is above or below this level. Keep in mind that radon levels below 4 pCi / L still pose some risk. Radon levels can be reduced in most homes to 2 pCi / L or less.

* If the radon test is part of a real estate transaction, the result of two short-term tests can be used to decide to reduce it. For more information, visit the EPA "Home Buyers and Seller's Guide to Radon9.

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