Salt free water softener for sudbury, ma

salt free water softener Sudbury, MA

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SALT FREE WATER SOFTENERS IN SUDBURY, MA

Sev­er­al com­pa­nies have begun pro­mot­ing a Salt Free Water Soft­en­er.  They claim these sys­tems will change the phys­i­cal prop­er­ties of hard­ness min­er­als (cal­ci­um and mag­ne­sium) by turn­ing them into tiny hard crys­tals which will not attach to pipes and oth­er fix­tures.  In the­o­ry, it’s a nice idea to be able to elim­i­nate a salt require­ment.   The prob­lem is that there are a num­ber of com­mon min­er­als typ­i­cal­ly found in your Sud­bury water sup­ply that make these sys­tems inef­fec­tive after hav­ing invest­ed your mon­ey into this type of prod­uct.  Also, this approach does not cre­ate “soft water”, as they do not remove hard water min­er­als.  There­fore, you will not get the full ben­e­fits of soft water in your home.  In fact, call­ing one of these sys­tems a water soft­en­er is real­ly a mis­nomer.  The Water Qual­i­ty Asso­ci­a­tion has pub­lished a paper on water soft­en­ing and Salt Free Water Soft­en­ers, please see the link at WQA Con­sumer Alert.

YOU CANNOT TEST THE WATER TO CONFIRM THAT A SALT FREE WATER SOFTENER IS WORKING

Salt free water softener Sudbury, MA

Water soft­en­er test­ing con­sists of mea­sur­ing hard­ness lev­els before and after the water soft­en­er to make sure hard­ness min­er­als are actu­al­ly being removed. This method can­not be employed with a salt free water soft­en­er as the hard­ness min­er­als are not removed from the water.  Test­ing will show equiv­a­lent hard­ness lev­els pri­or to water going through the sys­tem and after going through the sys­tem.  As a result of this, the only way you will know for sure if the hard­ness min­er­als are not build­ing inside your pipes and oth­er fix­tures is if you see no evi­dence of this after months or years.  By then, your war­ran­ty peri­od will like­ly be over.

IF WATER HAS MANGANESE OR IRON IN IT, WILL A SALT FREE WATER SOFTENER WORK?

Salt free water softener Sudbury, MA

DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

Dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies sell­ing a pur­port­ed salt free water soft­en­er have dif­fer­ent para­me­ters regard­ing lev­els of iron and man­ganese that they state will ren­der the “Salt Free” Water Soft­en­er inef­fec­tive.  The high­est allow­able lev­el in the pub­lished infor­ma­tion we have seen is Iron at .3 parts per mil­lion and man­ganese at .05 parts per mil­lion.  For those of you liv­ing in Mass­a­chu­setts, New Hamp­shire or Maine and have a pri­vate well, iron and man­ganese lev­els fre­quent­ly exceed these lev­els.  In Sud­bury, water test results have shown man­ganese lev­els that some­times reach .07.  In this sce­nario, a Salt Free water soft­en­er is def­i­nite­ly not a viable option for you, even by the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ claims.    For more infor­ma­tion on Iron or Man­ganese, see the links at Iron Arti­cle in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine or Man­ganese in Water Arti­cle in Water Tech.

For a full descrip­tion of water soft­en­ers in gen­er­al, please see the Water Qual­i­ty Asso­ci­a­tion link at WQA Water Soft­en­er info.

As a com­pa­ny in the water treat­ment busi­ness since 1989, we have seen and are pre­sent­ed with new water fil­tra­tion tech­nolo­gies all of the time.  The ones we feel have mer­it we test in-house and then in the field before offer­ing these prod­ucts to our cus­tomers as viable solu­tions to their water qual­i­ty issues.  If pre­sent­ed with a Salt Free water soft­en­er that we believed would work in Mass­a­chu­setts, New Hamp­shire, Maine or any­where our cus­tomers are locat­ed, we would nat­u­ral­ly add the prod­uct to our ware­house.  To date, we have not seen such a prod­uct.  If you are look­ing for a water soft­en­er which reduces the salt lev­el used in the regen­er­a­tion process, there are tech­no­log­i­cal­ly improved prod­ucts that are avail­able.  Addi­tion­al­ly, there is one last option for your brine tank as an alter­na­tive to salt (sodi­um chlo­ride) —potas­si­um chlo­ride. It may be used in place of salt (sodi­um chlo­ride) in the brine tank to regen­er­ate the soft­en­ing resin.  Potas­si­um chlo­ride is 99.9% sodi­um free and an alter­na­tive for those who are look­ing to reduce sodi­um intake.  It is, how­ev­er, more expen­sive than sodi­um chlo­ride and not as effi­cient (approx. 30% less).  There­fore you will have to use more of potas­si­um chlo­ride in the regen­er­a­tion cycle of your water soft­en­er.

SALT FREE WATER SOFTENER

H2O Care, Inc. is an established, regional water treatment company with over 9.000 installations in New England with offices in Middleton & Hudson, MA.  The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazine on various water contaminant issues (see our publications section on our website,.  Note: New Hudson, MA office opened in May, 2017 on Route 62 (Main St.).

Radon in water removal in carlisle, ma

REMOVE RADON FROM CARLISLE WELLS

Radon In water Carlisle, MA

Radon in water is not a prob­lem until the gas escapes the water as it enters your home through faucets, show­ers, bath­tubs and wash­ing machines.   As radon is a col­or­less, odor­less, taste­less ele­ment, the need for a water test is all the more crit­i­cal.  Radon is a radioac­tive gas which comes from the nat­ur­al decay of ura­ni­um found in near­ly all soils. Radon in water is a health threat that must be tak­en care of in your Carlisle, MA home.  To remove

radon in water

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR RADON

radon in water, a prop­er­ly designed sys­tem that agi­tates the radon gas out of the water then vents it safe­ly out­side of the home is an effec­tive approach to cor­rect­ing this prob­lem.

Contaminant Guidelines by State (in pCi/L as of 7/7/2016)

Mass­a­chu­setts = 10,000 pico curries/liter

New Hamp­shire = 2,000      ”                 ”

Maine = 4,000                        ”                 ”

Rhode Island = 4,000           ”                 ”

Common sources of Radon in the home:

1. Cracks in walls

2. Cracks in sol­id floors

3. Con­struc­tion joints

4. Gaps in sus­pend­ed floors

5. Gaps in ser­vice pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. In your water sup­ply as gas is released into the air in the home.

Remove Radon from well water in Carlisle,MA

RADON STUDIES, RISKS & OTHER CONCERNS

The Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram per­formed a 1988 study in con­junc­tion with the EPA. The data gath­ered from that study esti­mates that one out of four homes may have lev­els above the 4.0 Pico curries/L in air action lev­el.  How­ev­er, the only way to know if your home has a prob­lem is to have a test per­formed.

The increased risk of devel­op­ing lung can­cer from radon is direct­ly relat­ed to the con­cen­tra­tion of radon and the length of time that a per­son is exposed to it. Radon is a Class A car­cino­gen and the sec­ond lead­ing cause of lung can­cer. The U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) esti­mates that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-relat­ed lung can­cer deaths each year.  Radon is the num­ber one cause of lung can­cer in non-smok­ers.

Cig­a­rette smok­ers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smok­ers.  There­fore, cig­a­rette smok­ers in par­tic­u­lar,  should keep their expo­sure to radon as low as pos­si­ble.  If the home was test­ed in an infre­quent­ly used base­ment, it may have mea­sured a radon lev­el that is high­er than the actu­al lev­el you are exposed to, spend­ing most of your time upstairs. Peo­ple with young chil­dren should be more con­cerned with the pos­si­ble con­se­quences of radon expo­sure 20 years from now than some­one in their late six­ties or sev­en­ties. Fam­i­lies with a hered­i­tary pre­dis­po­si­tion of can­cer should be more con­cerned about radon expo­sure than fam­i­lies who don’t have any his­to­ry of can­cer.

Although no lev­el of radon in water or air is con­sid­ered absolute­ly safe, the USEPA action lev­el for radon is 4.0 pic­ocuries per liter of AIR (pCi/L). (pCi/l= pic­ocuries per liter, the most com­mon method of report­ing radon lev­els. A pico Curie is 0.000,000,000,001 (one-tril­lionth) of a Curie, an inter­na­tion­al mea­sure­ment unit of radioac­tiv­i­ty. One pCi/l means that in one liter of air there will be 2.2 radioac­tive dis­in­te­gra­tions each minute. For exam­ple, at 4 pCi/l there will be approx­i­mate­ly 12,672 radioac­tive dis­in­te­gra­tions in one liter of air, dur­ing a 24-hour peri­od.)

The risk of devel­op­ing lung can­cer at 4.0 pCi/L in AIR is esti­mat­ed at about 7 lung can­cer deaths per 1000 per­sons, which is why the USEPA and IEMA rec­om­mend reduc­ing your radon lev­el if the con­cen­tra­tion is 4.0 pCi/L or more.

Water testing in Carlisle,MA

Some common myths about radon:

MYTH: Sci­en­tists are not sure that radon real­ly is a prob­lem.

FACT: Although some sci­en­tists dis­pute the pre­cise num­ber of deaths due to radon, all the major health orga­ni­za­tions (like the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, the Amer­i­can Lung Asso­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion) agree with esti­mates that radon caus­es thou­sands of pre­ventable lung can­cer deaths every year. This is espe­cial­ly true among smok­ers, since the risk to smok­ers is much greater than to non-smok­ers.

MYTH: Homes with radon in water and/or in air can’t be fixed, or can­not be fixed eco­nom­i­cal­ly.

FACT: There are solu­tions to radon prob­lems in homes. Thou­sands of home­own­ers have already fixed radon prob­lems in their homes.  Costs to remove radon can range from sev­er­al hun­dred to sev­er­al thou­sand dol­lars depend­ing on the source, plumb­ing and vent­ing con­sid­er­a­tions.

MYTH: Radon is only a prob­lem in cer­tain parts of the coun­try.

FACT: High radon lev­els have been found in every state.

MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indi­ca­tion of whether your home has a prob­lem.

FACT: Radon lev­els vary great­ly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon prob­lem is to test it.

MYTH: It is dif­fi­cult to sell homes where radon prob­lems have been dis­cov­ered.

FACT: Many types of prob­lems can hin­der a home sale, but when the prob­lems are fixed before the home is list­ed, the sales are not slowed down. It is the same for radon. All homes should be test­ed for radon, and those with prob­lems fixed before being list­ed for sale.  Radon should be test­ed not only inside the home, but if there is a pri­vate well, test­ing for radon in water is imper­a­tive.  Radon in water is not uncom­mon in pri­vate wells in Mass­a­chu­setts, New Hamp­shire or Maine.

MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung can­cer when you reduce radon lev­els, even if you’ve lived with a radon prob­lem for a long time.

MYTH: Short-term tests can­not be used for mak­ing a deci­sion about whether to fix your home.

FACT: Short term tests can be used to decide whether to fix your home, and for high­er radon lev­els (8 pCi/l or high­er) that is all that should be used. Keep in mind that, even though the action lev­el is 4, this is not a “safe” lev­el and that radon lev­els below 4 pCi/l still pose some risk. Radon lev­els in most homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/l or less.

Test­ing for radon in water can be a lit­tle tricky.  There can be absolute­ly no air bub­bles in the water sam­ple con­tain­er and the sam­ple should be test­ed with­in 24 hours of the time the sam­ple was pulled.  A water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al can assist you in this process and also help you ana­lyze the lab test results.

Radon in water in Carlisle, MA
H2O Care, Inc. is an established Massachusetts company formed in 1989 for the testing, analyzing and correcting of water quality issues with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA.  The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazine and other periodicals covering common regional water contaminants. Website is http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.  We can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling 978–777-8330 or 800–539-1100 
radon in water n Carlisle, MA

Radon in water removal in Carlisle

Radon in water removal — westford, ma

RADON IN WELL WATER

Radon In water Westford, MA

As radon is a col­or­less, odor­less, taste­less ele­ment, the need for a water test is all the more crit­i­cal. Radon is a radioac­tive gas which comes from the nat­ur­al decay of ura­ni­um found in near­ly all soils.   Radon in water is not a prob­lem until the gas escapes the water as it enters your home through faucets, show­ers, bath­tubs and wash­ing machines.    Radon in water is a health threat that must be tak­en care of in your West­ford home.  To remove radon in water, a prop­er­ly designed sys­tem that agi­tates the radon gas out of the water then vents it safe­ly to out­side of the home is an effec­tive approach to cor­rect­ing this prob­lem.

radon in water WESTFORD, MA

WHOLE HOUSE FILTRATION FOR RADON IN WATER

To remove radon in water, a prop­er­ly designed sys­tem that agi­tates the radon gas out of the water then vents it safe­ly out­side of the home is a proven, effec­tive approach to cor­rect­ing this prob­lem.

Contaminant Guideline Levels by State (in pCi/L as of 7/7/2016)

Mass­a­chu­setts = 10,000 pico curries/liter

New Hamp­shire = 2,000      ”                 ”

Maine = 4,000                        ”                 ”

Rhode Island = 4,000           ”                 ”

Any home may have a radon problem from such sources as:

1. Cracks in walls

2. Cracks in sol­id floors

3. Con­struc­tion joints

4. Gaps in sus­pend­ed floors

5. Gaps in ser­vice pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. In your water sup­ply as gas is released into the air in the home.

Radon in well water in Westford,MA

RADON STUDIES, RISKS & OTHER CONCERNS

The Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram per­formed a 1988 study in con­junc­tion with the EPA. The data gath­ered from that study esti­mates that 1 out of 4 homes may have lev­els above the 4.0 Pico curries/L in air action lev­el.  How­ev­er, the only way to know if your home has a prob­lem is to per­form a test.

Radon is a Class A car­cino­gen and the sec­ond lead­ing cause of lung can­cer. The increased risk of devel­op­ing lung can­cer from radon is direct­ly relat­ed to the con­cen­tra­tion of radon and the length of time that a per­son is exposed to it. The U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) esti­mates that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-relat­ed lung can­cer deaths each year. Radon is the num­ber one cause of lung can­cer in non-smok­ers.

Cig­a­rette smok­ers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smok­ers.  There­fore, cig­a­rette smok­ers in par­tic­u­lar,  should keep their expo­sure to radon as low as pos­si­ble.  If the home was test­ed in an infre­quent­ly used base­ment, it may have mea­sured a radon lev­el that is high­er than the actu­al lev­el you are exposed to, spend­ing most of your time upstairs. Peo­ple with young chil­dren should be more con­cerned with the pos­si­ble con­se­quences of radon expo­sure 20 years from now than some­one in their late six­ties or sev­en­ties. Fam­i­lies with a hered­i­tary pre­dis­po­si­tion of can­cer should be more con­cerned about radon expo­sure than fam­i­lies who don’t have any his­to­ry of can­cer.

Although no lev­el of radon in water or air is con­sid­ered absolute­ly safe, the USEPA action lev­el for radon is 4.0 pic­ocuries per liter of AIR (pCi/L). (pCi/l= pic­ocuries per liter, the most com­mon method of report­ing radon lev­els. A pico Curie is 0.000,000,000,001 (one-tril­lionth) of a Curie, an inter­na­tion­al mea­sure­ment unit of radioac­tiv­i­ty. One pCi/l means that in one liter of air there will be 2.2 radioac­tive dis­in­te­gra­tions each minute. For exam­ple, at 4 pCi/l there will be approx­i­mate­ly 12,672 radioac­tive dis­in­te­gra­tions in one liter of air, dur­ing a 24-hour peri­od.)

The risk of devel­op­ing lung can­cer at 4.0 pCi/L in AIR is esti­mat­ed at about 7 lung can­cer deaths per 1000 per­sons, which is why the USEPA and IEMA rec­om­mend reduc­ing your radon lev­el if the con­cen­tra­tion is 4.0 pCi/L or more.

Water testing Westford,MA

Some common myths about radon:

MYTH: Sci­en­tists are not sure that radon real­ly is a prob­lem.

FACT: Although some sci­en­tists dis­pute the pre­cise num­ber of deaths due to radon, all the major health orga­ni­za­tions (like the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, the Amer­i­can Lung Asso­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion) agree with esti­mates that radon caus­es thou­sands of pre­ventable lung can­cer deaths every year. This is espe­cial­ly true among smok­ers, since the risk to smok­ers is much greater than to non-smok­ers.

MYTH: Homes with radon in water and/or in air can’t be fixed, or can­not be fixed eco­nom­i­cal­ly.

FACT: There are solu­tions to radon prob­lems in homes. Thou­sands of home­own­ers have already fixed radon prob­lems in their homes.  Costs to remove radon can range from sev­er­al hun­dred to sev­er­al thou­sand dol­lars depend­ing on the source, plumb­ing and vent­ing con­sid­er­a­tions.

MYTH: Radon is only a prob­lem in cer­tain parts of the coun­try.

FACT: High radon lev­els have been found in every state.

MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indi­ca­tion of whether your home has a prob­lem.

FACT: Radon lev­els vary great­ly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon prob­lem is to test it.

MYTH: It is dif­fi­cult to sell homes where radon prob­lems have been dis­cov­ered.

FACT: Many types of prob­lems can hin­der a home sale, but when the prob­lems are fixed before the home is list­ed, the sales are not slowed down. It is the same for radon. All homes should be test­ed for radon, and those with prob­lems fixed before being list­ed for sale.  Radon should be test­ed not only inside the home, but if there is a pri­vate well, test­ing for radon in water is imper­a­tive.  Radon in water is not uncom­mon in pri­vate wells in Mass­a­chu­setts, New Hamp­shire or Maine.

MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung can­cer when you reduce radon lev­els, even if you’ve lived with a radon prob­lem for a long time.

MYTH: Short-term tests can­not be used for mak­ing a deci­sion about whether to fix your home.

FACT: Short term tests can be used to decide whether to fix your home, and for high­er radon lev­els (8 pCi/l or high­er) that is all that should be used. Keep in mind that, even though the action lev­el is 4, this is not a “safe” lev­el and that radon lev­els below 4 pCi/l still pose some risk. Radon lev­els in most homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/l or less.

Test­ing for radon in water can be a lit­tle tricky.  There can be absolute­ly no air bub­bles in the water sam­ple con­tain­er and the sam­ple should be test­ed with­in 24 hours of the time the sam­ple was pulled.  A water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al can assist you in this process and also help you ana­lyze the lab test results.

Radon in water in Westford, MA
H2O Care, Inc. is an established Massachusetts company formed in 1988 for the testing, analyzing and correcting of water quality issues, with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA.  The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazine and other periodicals on common regional water problems  You can reach us by email at [email protected] or by phone 978–777-8330 or 800–539-1100http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.

Radon in water hopkinton, ma

REMOVAL OF RADON IN WATER

Radon In water Hopkinton, MA

As radon is a col­or­less, odor­less, taste­less ele­ment, the need for a water test is all the more crit­i­cal. Radon is a radioac­tive gas which comes from the nat­ur­al decay of ura­ni­um found in near­ly all soils.  Radon in water is not a prob­lem until the gas escapes the water as it enters your home through faucets, show­ers, bath­tubs and wash­ing machines.    Radon in water is a health threat that must be tak­en care of in your Hop­kin­ton, MA home.  To remove radon in water, a prop­er­ly designed sys­tem that agi­tates the radon gas out of the water then vents it safe­ly to out­side of the home is an effec­tive approach to cor­rect­ing this prob­lem.

radon in water

RADON IN WATER REMOVAL SAFELY & EFFECTIVELY

To remove radon in water, a prop­er­ly designed sys­tem that agi­tates the radon gas out of the water then vents it safe­ly out­side of the home is a proven, effec­tive approach to cor­rect­ing this prob­lem.

Contaminant Guideline Levels by State (in pCi/L as of 7/7/2016)

Mass­a­chu­setts = 10,000 pico curries/liter

New Hamp­shire = 2,000      ”                 ”

Maine = 4,000                        ”                 ”

Rhode Island = 4,000           ”                 ”

Any home may have a radon problem from such sources as:

1. Cracks in walls

2. Cracks in sol­id floors

3. Con­struc­tion joints

4. Gaps in sus­pend­ed floors

5. Gaps in ser­vice pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. In your water sup­ply as gas is released into the air in the home.

Radon in well water in Hopkinton,MA

RADON STUDIES, RISKS & OTHER CONCERNS

The Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram per­formed a 1988 study in con­junc­tion with the EPA. The data gath­ered from that study esti­mates that 1 out of 4 homes may have lev­els above the 4.0 Pico curries/L in air action lev­el.  How­ev­er, the only way to know if your home has a prob­lem is to per­form a test.

Radon is a Class A car­cino­gen and the sec­ond lead­ing cause of lung can­cer. The increased risk of devel­op­ing lung can­cer from radon is direct­ly relat­ed to the con­cen­tra­tion of radon and the length of time that a per­son is exposed to it. The U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) esti­mates that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-relat­ed lung can­cer deaths each year. Radon is the num­ber one cause of lung can­cer in non-smok­ers.

Cig­a­rette smok­ers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smok­ers.  There­fore, cig­a­rette smok­ers in par­tic­u­lar,  should keep their expo­sure to radon as low as pos­si­ble.  If the home was test­ed in an infre­quent­ly used base­ment, it may have mea­sured a radon lev­el that is high­er than the actu­al lev­el you are exposed to, spend­ing most of your time upstairs. Peo­ple with young chil­dren should be more con­cerned with the pos­si­ble con­se­quences of radon expo­sure 20 years from now than some­one in their late six­ties or sev­en­ties. Fam­i­lies with a hered­i­tary pre­dis­po­si­tion of can­cer should be more con­cerned about radon expo­sure than fam­i­lies who don’t have any his­to­ry of can­cer.

Although no lev­el of radon in water or air is con­sid­ered absolute­ly safe, the USEPA action lev­el for radon is 4.0 pic­ocuries per liter of AIR (pCi/L). (pCi/l= pic­ocuries per liter, the most com­mon method of report­ing radon lev­els. A pico Curie is 0.000,000,000,001 (one-tril­lionth) of a Curie, an inter­na­tion­al mea­sure­ment unit of radioac­tiv­i­ty. One pCi/l means that in one liter of air there will be 2.2 radioac­tive dis­in­te­gra­tions each minute. For exam­ple, at 4 pCi/l there will be approx­i­mate­ly 12,672 radioac­tive dis­in­te­gra­tions in one liter of air, dur­ing a 24-hour peri­od.)

The risk of devel­op­ing lung can­cer at 4.0 pCi/L in AIR is esti­mat­ed at about 7 lung can­cer deaths per 1000 per­sons, which is why the USEPA and IEMA rec­om­mend reduc­ing your radon lev­el if the con­cen­tra­tion is 4.0 pCi/L or more.

Water testing Hopkinton,MA

Some common myths about radon:

MYTH: Sci­en­tists are not sure that radon real­ly is a prob­lem.

FACT: Although some sci­en­tists dis­pute the pre­cise num­ber of deaths due to radon, all the major health orga­ni­za­tions (like the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, the Amer­i­can Lung Asso­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion) agree with esti­mates that radon caus­es thou­sands of pre­ventable lung can­cer deaths every year. This is espe­cial­ly true among smok­ers, since the risk to smok­ers is much greater than to non-smok­ers.

MYTH: Homes with radon in water and/or in air can’t be fixed, or can­not be fixed eco­nom­i­cal­ly.

FACT: There are solu­tions to radon prob­lems in homes. Thou­sands of home­own­ers have already fixed radon prob­lems in their homes.  Costs to remove radon can range from sev­er­al hun­dred to sev­er­al thou­sand dol­lars depend­ing on the source, plumb­ing and vent­ing con­sid­er­a­tions.

MYTH: Radon is only a prob­lem in cer­tain parts of the coun­try.

FACT: High radon lev­els have been found in every state.

MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indi­ca­tion of whether your home has a prob­lem.

FACT: Radon lev­els vary great­ly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon prob­lem is to test it.

MYTH: It is dif­fi­cult to sell homes where radon prob­lems have been dis­cov­ered.

FACT: Many types of prob­lems can hin­der a home sale, but when the prob­lems are fixed before the home is list­ed, the sales are not slowed down. It is the same for radon. All homes should be test­ed for radon, and those with prob­lems fixed before being list­ed for sale.  Radon should be test­ed not only inside the home, but if there is a pri­vate well, test­ing for radon in water is imper­a­tive.  Radon in water is not uncom­mon in pri­vate wells in Mass­a­chu­setts, New Hamp­shire or Maine.

MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung can­cer when you reduce radon lev­els, even if you’ve lived with a radon prob­lem for a long time.

MYTH: Short-term tests can­not be used for mak­ing a deci­sion about whether to fix your home.

FACT: Short term tests can be used to decide whether to fix your home, and for high­er radon lev­els (8 pCi/l or high­er) that is all that should be used. Keep in mind that, even though the action lev­el is 4, this is not a “safe” lev­el and that radon lev­els below 4 pCi/l still pose some risk. Radon lev­els in most homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/l or less.

Test­ing for radon in water can be a lit­tle tricky.  There can be absolute­ly no air bub­bles in the water sam­ple con­tain­er and the sam­ple should be test­ed with­in 24 hours of the time the sam­ple was pulled.  A water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al can assist you in this process and also help you ana­lyze the lab test results.

Radon in water in Hopkinton, MA
H2O Care, Inc. is an established Massachusetts company formed in 1989 for the testing, analyzing and correcting of water quality issues with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA.  The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazine and other periodicals for common regional water contaminants. See the publications section on our website at http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.  Reach us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978–777-8330.

Radon in water boxborough, ma

RADON IN WATER REMOVAL FROM BOXBOROUGH WELLS

radon In water Boxborough, MA

As radon in water is col­or­less, odor­less, and taste­less, the need for a water test is all the more crit­i­cal. Radon is a radioac­tive gas which comes from the nat­ur­al decay of ura­ni­um found in near­ly all soils. Radon in water is not a prob­lem until the gas escapes the water as it enters your home through faucets, show­ers, bath­tubs and wash­ing machines.  To remove radon in water, a prop­er­ly designed sys­tem that agi­tates the radon gas out of the water then vents it safe­ly to out­side of the home is an effec­tive approach to cor­rect­ing this prob­lem.

radon in water Boxborough, MA

RADON IN WATER REMOVAL SYSTEM

RADON typ­i­cal­ly moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and oth­er holes in the foun­da­tion, even ones you can­not see.  It can also get into your home through well water when you turn on your show­er and oth­er water using points inside your home.  Your home may trap radon inside where con­cen­tra­tions lev­els can build up. Any home may have a radon in water or radon in air prob­lem; new & old homes, well sealed and drafty homes, and homes with­out or with base­ments.   Radon in water is not an uncom­mon occur­rence in Boxbor­ough wells.  (for more infor­ma­tion about this top­ic, see the fol­low­ing link: Arti­cle Link.)

Contaminant Guideline Levels by State (in pCi/L as of 7/7/2016)

Mass­a­chu­setts = 10,000 pico curries/liter

New Hamp­shire = 2,000      ”                 ”

Maine = 4,000                        ”                 ”

Rhode Island = 4,000           ”                 ”

Any home may have a radon problem from such sources as:

1. Cracks in walls

2. Cracks in sol­id floors

3. Con­struc­tion joints

4. Gaps in sus­pend­ed floors

5. Gaps in ser­vice pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. In your water sup­ply as gas is released into the air in the home.

Radon in well water in Boxborough,MA

RADON STUDIES, RISKS & OTHER CONCERNS

The Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram per­formed a 1988 study in con­junc­tion with the EPA. The data gath­ered from that study esti­mates that 1 out of 4 homes may have lev­els above the 4.0 Pico curries/L in air action lev­el.  How­ev­er, the only way to know if your home has a prob­lem is to per­form a test.

Radon is a Class A car­cino­gen and the sec­ond lead­ing cause of lung can­cer. The increased risk of devel­op­ing lung can­cer from radon is direct­ly relat­ed to the con­cen­tra­tion of radon and the length of time that a per­son is exposed to it. The U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) esti­mates that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-relat­ed lung can­cer deaths each year. Radon is the num­ber one cause of lung can­cer in non-smok­ers.

Cig­a­rette smok­ers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smok­ers.  There­fore, cig­a­rette smok­ers in par­tic­u­lar,  should keep their expo­sure to radon as low as pos­si­ble.  If the home was test­ed in an infre­quent­ly used base­ment, it may have mea­sured a radon lev­el that is high­er than the actu­al lev­el you are exposed to, spend­ing most of your time upstairs. Peo­ple with young chil­dren should be more con­cerned with the pos­si­ble con­se­quences of radon expo­sure 20 years from now than some­one in their late six­ties or sev­en­ties. Fam­i­lies with a hered­i­tary pre­dis­po­si­tion of can­cer should be more con­cerned about radon expo­sure than fam­i­lies who don’t have any his­to­ry of can­cer.

Although no lev­el of radon in water or air is con­sid­ered absolute­ly safe, the USEPA action lev­el for radon is 4.0 pic­ocuries per liter of AIR (pCi/L). (pCi/l= pic­ocuries per liter, the most com­mon method of report­ing radon lev­els. A pico Curie is 0.000,000,000,001 (one-tril­lionth) of a Curie, an inter­na­tion­al mea­sure­ment unit of radioac­tiv­i­ty. One pCi/l means that in one liter of air there will be 2.2 radioac­tive dis­in­te­gra­tions each minute. For exam­ple, at 4 pCi/l there will be approx­i­mate­ly 12,672 radioac­tive dis­in­te­gra­tions in one liter of air, dur­ing a 24-hour peri­od.)

The risk of devel­op­ing lung can­cer at 4.0 pCi/L in AIR is esti­mat­ed at about 7 lung can­cer deaths per 1000 per­sons, which is why the USEPA and IEMA rec­om­mend reduc­ing your radon lev­el if the con­cen­tra­tion is 4.0 pCi/L or more.

Water testing Boxborough,MA

Some common myths about radon:

MYTH: Sci­en­tists are not sure that radon real­ly is a prob­lem.

FACT: Although some sci­en­tists dis­pute the pre­cise num­ber of deaths due to radon, all the major health orga­ni­za­tions (like the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, the Amer­i­can Lung Asso­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion) agree with esti­mates that radon caus­es thou­sands of pre­ventable lung can­cer deaths every year. This is espe­cial­ly true among smok­ers, since the risk to smok­ers is much greater than to non-smok­ers.

MYTH: Homes with radon in water and/or in air can’t be fixed, or can­not be fixed eco­nom­i­cal­ly.

FACT: There are solu­tions to radon prob­lems in homes. Thou­sands of home­own­ers have already fixed radon prob­lems in their homes.  Costs to remove radon can range from sev­er­al hun­dred to sev­er­al thou­sand dol­lars depend­ing on the source, plumb­ing and vent­ing con­sid­er­a­tions.

MYTH: Radon is only a prob­lem in cer­tain parts of the coun­try.

FACT: High radon lev­els have been found in every state.

MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indi­ca­tion of whether your home has a prob­lem.

FACT: Radon lev­els vary great­ly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon prob­lem is to test it.

MYTH: It is dif­fi­cult to sell homes where radon prob­lems have been dis­cov­ered.

FACT: Many types of prob­lems can hin­der a home sale, but when the prob­lems are fixed before the home is list­ed, the sales are not slowed down. It is the same for radon. All homes should be test­ed for radon, and those with prob­lems fixed before being list­ed for sale.  Radon should be test­ed not only inside the home, but if there is a pri­vate well, test­ing for radon in water is imper­a­tive.  Radon in water is not uncom­mon in pri­vate wells in Mass­a­chu­setts, New Hamp­shire or Maine.

MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung can­cer when you reduce radon lev­els, even if you’ve lived with a radon prob­lem for a long time.

MYTH: Short-term tests can­not be used for mak­ing a deci­sion about whether to fix your home.

FACT: Short term tests can be used to decide whether to fix your home, and for high­er radon lev­els (8 pCi/l or high­er) that is all that should be used. Keep in mind that, even though the action lev­el is 4, this is not a “safe” lev­el and that radon lev­els below 4 pCi/l still pose some risk. Radon lev­els in most homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/l or less.

Test­ing for radon in water can be a lit­tle tricky.  There can be absolute­ly no air bub­bles in the water sam­ple con­tain­er and the sam­ple should be test­ed with­in 24 hours of the time the sam­ple was pulled.  A water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al can assist you in this process and also help you ana­lyze the lab test results.

Radon in water in boxborough, MAWATER testing in boxborough, ma
H2O Care, Inc. is a Massachusetts company formed in 1988 for the testing, analyzing and correcting of water quality issues with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA.  The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazine and other periodicals on common regional water problems. See our publications section on the website:  http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.  Note: New Hudson, MA office opened on 439 Main St. (rte. 62) in May, 2017
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