Waterborne Radon: What it is and how to make Your Home Safe
Where is Radon in Water an Issue?
Radon in the water of Atlanta, Georgia homes and businesses has become a fairly prevalent problem. If you live in this area, therefore, you should have the radon content of your water tested regularly — especially if you use water from a private well. Your health and that of your family could depend on it.
Waterborne radon is found in many homes throughout the country, although it tends to be particularly common in and around Atlanta. In fact, one in ten homes in the United States contain elevated radon levels — from contaminated water, contaminated air or both.
What is Waterborne Radon?
Radon is naturally found in the earths’ soil as the result of the gradual breakdown of uranium. This radon can gradually dissipate into the air as a radioactive gas; if it accumulates indoors, it has been found to be a major cause of lung cancer. In addition, when water supplies deep underground come into contact with radon, they become contaminated and can provide the radon a means of entering a house through its well or other water supply. Therefore, if you live in or near a radon-prone region like Atlanta and have never had your home’s water tested, you should do so as soon as possible.
Only EPA-approved tests are certain to be able to accurately tell what level of radon is in your home’s water source. Your best option is to rely on professional testing by SWAT Environmental of the radon in water in your house.
Mitigation of Radon in Water
The presence of radon in the water in your house is a completely correctable issue, but you should contact SWAT Environmental to begin the process as soon as possible after learning that you have a waterborne radon issue. Once the test results come back, SWAT’s radon abatement specialists will be able to determine exactly what kind of system or systems will be needed to remove your home’s waterborne radon.
There are two different kinds of systems that can correct a waterborne radon problem: a charcoal-activated filtration system and an aeration system. SWAT Environmental’s experts will be able to determine which is better for your home based on such factors as the layout of the house, the amount of water used in it, the amount of radon the water contains and the size of the system in relation to the water flow of the home. SWAT has the appropriate personnel to handle the necessary plumbing and electrical work to install either system in your house.
As you can see, it takes a lot of work and expertise to ensure that a home is safe from waterborne radon. Do not take chances with your health or that of your friends and family — monitor your house’s radon levels closely, and have SWAT begin abatement procedures immediately if they become necessary.
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