More Myths About Radon in Homes

More Myths About Radon in Homes

With radon levels at a high level in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico, it’s not uncommon to run across misinformation about radon in homes. From questions about the origin of radon to what types of homes are impacted and how, here are some common myths from the EPA:

Myth: Homes with radon problems can’t be fixed.
Fact: There are simple solutions to radon problems in homes. Thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs. Call your state radon office for help in identifying qualified mitigation contractors.

Myth: Radon affects only certain kinds of homes.
Fact: Radon can be a problem in homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, and homes without basements. Local geology, construction materials, and how the home was built are among the factors that can affect radon levels in homes.

Myth: It’s 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 added protection is sometimes a good selling point.

Myth: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.
Fact: High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but the only way to know your radon level is to test.

Test every two years, even if your home or office already has a working mitigation system. Testing is easy and cost-effective. Whether you live in Albuquerque, Santa Fe or Los Lunas, knowing the facts about radon is essential to keeping your loved ones safe.

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