Radon Myth #6: I Don’t Need To Test If I’ve Already Been Exposed

Radon Myth #6: I Don’t Need To Test If I’ve Already Been Exposed

Fact: Long-term radon exposure can lead to lung cancer, but it’s never too late to rid your home of radon for your’s and other resident’s safety. It is long term exposure that matters, so it’s never really too late to check your home for radon. Just because your body isn’t suffering from negative effects from radon exposure, such as lung cancer, doesn’t mean it’s too late for you to take steps toward a safer home. Testing for high levels in your home is a great start. At the very least, you might find out you do have high radon levels, allowing you to take action to protect your home.

Being exposed to radon for a long period can lead to lung cancer, by breaking down into minuscule radioactive elements, known as radon progeny, that can get lodged in the lining of your lungs. Even if you’ve lived in your home for decades with high levels of radon, taking action could save you from having one of these radioactive molecules from damaging your lungs in the future.

The EPA recommends taking steps to lower radon levels if test results show levels of 4.0 pCi/L or higher. Metro Property Inspections informs homeowners, buyers, and sellers that this value refers to the annual average. If the test result is 4.0 pCi/L or higher, do a follow-up test with either a long-term or short-term kit to be sure. If the result is still high, you should take steps to fix the problem.

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