The danger of radon in your water

H2O Care Home spe­cial­izes in diag­nos­ing res­i­den­tial water prob­lems, water fil­tra­tion sys­tems instal­la­tion and main­tain­ing those sys­tems, includ­ing those to remove radon from water. In this blog arti­cle, we will dis­cuss the dan­gers of Radon in your water and give you our expert advice on how to fix the prob­lem.

What is Radon?

Radon is a radioac­tive gas that has no col­or, odor, or taste. Its chem­i­cal sym­bol is Rn, atom­ic num­ber 86, and it comes from the nat­ur­al radioac­tive break­down of ura­ni­um in the ground.

Radon removal from water

How can you be exposed?

2 ways – through the air in your home or through your drink­ing water. As ura­ni­um breaks down under­ground, radon gas is formed and can seep into any type of build­ing. It can also dis­solve and accu­mu­late in water from under­ground sources, such as well water.

You can­not be exposed to radon from sur­face water, such as lakes, rivers, and reser­voirs, as its released into the out­door, uncon­fined air before it ever reach­es your home.

What are the health concerns?

Breath­ing radon indoor has been strong­ly linked to lung can­cer. In fact, the EPA esti­mates that it caus­es rough­ly 21,000 deaths per year. More than drunk dri­ving.

Drink­ing water con­tain­ing radon also presents a risk for devel­op­ing oth­er types of inter­nal can­cers, although it’s not near­ly as dan­ger­ous as breath­ing it. How­ev­er, when this water is used in the home for show­er­ing, cook­ing, dish­es, etc., some of the radon gas locat­ed in the water evap­o­rates into the air caus­ing you to breathe the gas.

Does your drinking water contain Radon?

Not if it comes from a sur­face water source. If it comes from an under­ground well, it may or may not con­tain radon. If you’re on a pub­lic water sys­tem, you should receive year­ly water reports telling you what exact­ly is in your water and how much. This is avail­able thanks to The Safe Drink­ing Water Act Amend­ments of 1996.

How can you test and treat your water for Radon?

First, you prob­a­bly can’t. You will need a cer­ti­fied state lab­o­ra­to­ry to test your water sam­ple. If radon is found in your water, the most effec­tive treat­ment to reduce radon in your water is called dif­fused bub­ble aer­a­tion. It removes the radon from the water right before it enters your homes water dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem. There are 2 types of devices com­mon­ly used for radon reduc­tion in water.

  1. The Aer­a­tion Sys­tem – is installed on the main water sup­ply just after the well tank, this sys­tem con­sists of a sealed tank with a heavy duty blow­er which forces air through the water. The gas is released from the water and car­ried out into the atmos­phere through an exhaust pipe. This method removes the radon and the threat from the home.
  2. Anoth­er com­mon method incor­po­rates the use of Gran­u­lar Acti­vat­ed Car­bon (GAC) The GAC sys­tem uses acti­vat­ed car­bon to remove radon and is also installed on the main water sup­ply just after the well tank. It con­sists of a large fiber­glass tank filled with the GAC. This method is not rec­om­mend­ed because the car­bon col­lects the radon and can become haz­ardous if it is not changed out fre­quent­ly.

Carbon water filter

Prop­er design, instal­la­tion, and main­te­nance are crit­i­cal to the long-term reli­a­bil­i­ty and effec­tive­ness of these sys­tems. If you have ques­tions, believe your water con­tains radon, and want a solu­tion con­tact H2O Care Home or give us a call at (800) – 539 – 1100.