One of the most pervasive myths about radon is that your home can only contain high levels of it if you live in certain parts of the country. This is yet another myth that can put homeowners and their families in harm’s way.
Though it is true that some parts of the U.S. have higher rates of radon exposure than others, the idea that you should not worry about radon just because you live in, say, San Diego or Albuquerque is unfounded. Radon levels are dependent upon soil composition, home construction, atmospheric conditions and other factors. They also tend to be hyper-localized. For instance, your neighbor’s radon test may have come back negative, but your home’s levels may be through the roof. You’ll never know, though, unless you have a radon test performed on your home.