Archive for July, 2012
What is the Cause of Radon in Water?
Radon is a naturally occurring byproduct of the breakdown of uranium. When most people think of radon, they think of an odorless, colorless gas that collects in the basement of a home. However, radon can also be found in well water, including the well water of many homes in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Radon in water is especially prevalent in water that flows through granite, or through sand or gravel that is made from granite.
The Effects of Waterborne Radon
Radon is well known for putting people at risk of lung cancer if it is inhaled as a gas — which can become a serious problem as the radon escapes from water in your home as you shower, bathe and so on. The health effects of radon in water when it is still dissolved are not as commonplace, but this can also lead to certain types of intestinal cancer and other serious health problems.
To find out if there is radon in your home’s drinking water, you will need to have a specialized test performed since your senses alone will not be able to detect it. SWAT Environmental’s radon experts can perform this test for you.
How to Get Rid of Radon in Water
There are two primary ways to get rid of radon in a home’s water supply. First, the water can be aerated, which means it is sprayed or mixed with air; the air is then removed or vented from the pipes (along with the radon) before the water is used. Second, the water can be run through a granular activated carbon filter. The carbon in the filter sucks up the radon and pulls it out of the water. However, when it is time for the filter to be changed, it is best that a professional does it. This is especially important if there are high radon levels where you live, or if the filter has not been changed in a while.
The water will need to be treated where it enters the home, which means that a point of entry filter or aerator will need to be installed. Point of use systems will only work on the faucets where they are installed and the goal, after all, is to rid the entire home of waterborne radon. Whatever system the homeowner uses to clear his or her water supply of radon must be well maintained, or it can lead not only to radon contamination but to contamination by other toxins as well. To make sure that that your home is properly protected from radon contamination, you should have SWAT Environmental’s specialists check your home regularly and install any necessary systems to prevent contamination. Even after the radon in water problem has been dealt with, you should continue to have your home monitored to ensure that no new problems arise.
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