What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, bedrock, and groundwater. It can be detected in air and water. A home may have high levels of radon in the air but not the water and vice versa, so it’s important to test for both regularly.
How Does Radon Affect Me?
Did you know 1 in 5 Maine homes is affected by high levels of radon in water? You can’t see, taste, or smell radon, but it poses a serious health risk. Exposure to radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Even if you don’t drink your well water, you are still at risk if radon is present in your water. Showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry releases radon gas into the air you and your family breathe.
There are two types of water radon mitigation systems for homes with radon in their water above the recommended limit of 4,000 pCi/L, the most popular being the “bubble-up” aeration system. The system creates bubbles in the water which breaks the radon apart from the water and ventilates it outside the home. The treated water in the system is now safe to use and will be delivered as called for throughout your home.
Well Water Testing
Because water changes over time, it’s important to remember to have your well water tested annually, even after installing a treatment system, to be sure the original issues are controlled and to be aware of any new contaminants. Contact us to schedule your water test.