Have you heard any radon myths? Especially radon myths relating to Texas?

Myth 1: There is No Radon in Texas

The old testing method from the early 90’s wasn’t sufficient enough to be accurate. With 35-40,000 tests done in homes throughout Texas in the last 15 years, you can see that Radon is in Texas and at higher levels than originally thought.

Radon Testing Texas

Myth 2: I would know if I had Radon in my house

Radon is an odorless gas. You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, so there is no way to know you have a Radon issue unless you are testing for it.

Radon Levels

Myth 3: Newer Homes don’t have any Radon issues.

It is true that homes are being built much tighter than they were 15 years ago, but that does not mean they are safe from Radon. Radon only needs an access point the diameter of an index finger. This can be a slab crack, around plumbing pipes, window sills, between the slab and the bottom plate, and many other areas. If Radon can get in, it will. And because newer homes are built tighter, they have even more vacuum than older homes, so if there is an access point, your home is pulling Radon in at a higher rate.

Myth 4: Anyone can test for Radon.

There is no regulation in Texas for Radon Testing or Mitigation yet, so essentially anyone can say they can do Radon Testing and Mitigation, but without proper licensing, they lack the knowledge to advise you on the proper actions to take. A lot of the time, their goal is to get you to install a mitigation system for their profit margin, whether you need one or not.

Myth 5: Radon doesn’t hurt that many people

Radon is responsible for over 21,000 deaths each year. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. It actually kills 7x more people than asbestos each year. Radon hurts a lot of people and it is completely avoidable. Please Test Your Home Today!

Radon Deaths