Description: Radon gas in our homes is a serious cause of lung cancer. It can enter our homes through our well water. Find out more about radon gas and how you can protect your family from its terrible effects.
Water is something that none of us think much about. We turn on our taps and there it is, ready for our daily needs. Water is one of the healthiest things we ingest. It seems like well water that comes straight out of the ground and into our showers should be the safest, least contaminated source of water available. Unfortunately, well water is sometimes susceptible to contamination by natural sources like radon gas.
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that exists within the soil. It is not easily detected because it is colorless, odorless and tasteless, but it is a very dangerous contaminant in our air and water. When naturally-occurring uranium breaks down, radon gas is released. Radon seeps from the soil into our homes through cracks in house foundations and through the well water. Some geographical locations have more naturally-occurring uranium than others, which means some areas are more susceptible to radon gas in the well water than others. The EPA estimates that 1 in 15 homes in the US have higher than normal levels of radon gas.
The Dangers of Radon
Radon gas is very dangerous to live and work near. Radon causes lung cancer after prolonged exposure. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the USA. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 21,000 people die each year from radon-related lung cancer. If you smoke and are exposed to radon gas, you are even more likely to develop lung cancer. Radon is a serious carcinogen.
Radon and Well Water
Radon gas can seep into the ground water and well water. Once it mixes with the water, it flows through the pipes in your home along with the water. The dangerous gas is released into the air when taps, shower heads, dishwashers and washing machines are turned on and aerate the water. Radon gas is then released into the air and potentially breathed in.
Importance of Testing
Well water should be tested for radon and steps taken if radon levels are elevated. Unlike testing the air in your home for radon gas levels, testing the water is a relatively quick and simple procedure. The process is especially simple when you use a company like AquaKnow. After talking to one our specialists, a sample kit will be mailed to you. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions on collecting a sample and then send it back. AquaKnow partners with independent labs to get you the most accurate tests available.
If your well water has elevated levels of radon gas, you will be able to take steps to remove it. There are many water treatment services available to remove radon gas at the point of entry into your home.
Keep you and your family safe by having your well water tested for elevated levels of radon gas. The sooner you are aware of the problem and take steps to solve it, the less likely it is that you will become sick.
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