Archive for July, 2012
The Danger Posed by Waterborne Radon
Radon has been found in water wells in Framingham, Massachusetts for several years now. It is known to be a common problem within the city, as well as within the state as a whole, which is why radon testing of local water sources should be a high priority for all homeowners in the area. Waterborne radon gas can pose a very real health risk for you and your family. Even worse, it can be very difficult to detect because it is tasteless, odorless and colorless. That is why regular specialized testing is so important.
Waterborne radon can pose many threats to you and your family that you may not be aware of. Perhaps most seriously, radon is a leading cause of lung cancer — second only to smoking. Waterborne radon can be released into the air and inhaled, damaging the lungs. Radon in water can also be to blame for many of the cases of gastrointestinal and stomach cancer found in the United States. It has also been blamed for such other maladies as fatigue and headaches. If you are constantly exposed to contaminated water through drinking, bathing and cooking, you and your family and friends could all be at a significantly elevated risk for a variety of health problems. You should not take the chance that your home’s water might be contaminated — have your home tested regularly.
How Radon in Water Got There
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can be found in both water and air. Radon is produced by the slow breakdown of elements like uranium in water, soil and rock. It dissolves easily in ground water and has been found repeatedly in water supplies in the Framingham, MA area through specialized radon testing. This has led to extensive concern regarding the increased risk of cancer and other health problems caused by this exposure, especially for small children and the elderly. Radon is known to be particularly likely to seep through rock and then to collect in private water wells. Then when a tap is turned on, the radon goes up the pipe along with the water and ends up being consumed or released into the air.
If testing has detected elevated levels of radon in your home’s water supply, you should have SWAT Environmental design and install a system to remove it. The most effective such system will generally be a water radon aeration system, which release the gas from the water and redirects it outside before you use the water. However, additional specialized filtration systems may be necessary in some cases.
Protect your family by having your home tested regularly to see if there is any radon in its water. If there is radon in either your house’s water or its air, having any necessary mitigation systems installed will protect your family and friends from the dangers of radon in water exposure.
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