Radon is a by-product of the natural decay of elements found on soil like uranium and thorium. It often escapes the ground and gets mixed into the air circulating in our houses. But radon can also get into the water we drink. However, the radon in water has a lesser health risk compared to that in the air. In any case, it is advised to have both your air and water tested. Make sure that you contact professional radon inspectors as the testing tool used for air and water differ. The radon test results would help you to evaluate the best radon mitigation service to avail.
The radon in your water supply has both an inhalation and ingestion risk. Radon can be released from the water when water evaporates or passed through a pressured hose. Usually, radon would not be an issue with your water at home if the water source is not underground. Radon concentration is higher as you get closer to the soil. A water pipe underground with small breakage can result in radon escaping through these holes and get mixed with the water you drink or use for daily activities. This is the reason for some public water systems to do routine maintenance and to treat their water to reduce radon concentration before gets to your home.
In case your water supply has a moderate radon level, a Point-of-entry treatment is usually used. Point-of-entry treatment usually uses either granular activated carbon (GAC) filters or an aeration system. Carbon filters are usually cheaper than the aeration system and a preferred choice for most households. Point-of-use treatment devices remove radon at the tap and are designed to treat a small portion of water that you use for daily consumption like drinking. Although point-of-use devices are generally cheaper, it is recommended to consult professional radon inspectors to better control the radon levels at your home. It is better to resolve the source of entry of radon to your home through pipe replacement, pipe relocation, or soil depressurization.
Regular radon testing and radon mitigation by professional radon inspectors are needed especially in areas with a high concentration of uranium, thorium, and radium. At Atlantic Radon, we provide quality radon testing and radon mitigation services. Keep your family safe from Radon. You can schedule a radon testing in Annapolis, Columbia, Ellicott City, Crofton, and Gaithersburg with us. It is important to make sure your home is safe from radon. To learn more about radon testing in Annapolis, Columbia, Ellicott City, Crofton, and Gaithersburg, fill out our contact form and we’ll promptly reply to you.