Rotten egg smell in water — maynard, mass

Eliminating rotten egg smell in water for Maynard, MA

Pick­ing the right water fil­tra­tion sys­tem to elim­i­nate rot­ten egg smell in water

WHY DO I HAVE A ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER?

rotten egg smell in my water in Maynard, MA

The most preva­lent cause of rot­ten egg smell in water in May­nard and this region is hydro­gen sul­fide, although high­er lev­els of Man­ganese in water can also let off a sim­i­lar type of smell. Hydro­gen sul­fide is a col­or­less gas that can exist nat­u­ral­ly in ground­wa­ter. Sul­fur-reduc­ing bac­te­ria present in ground­wa­ter use sul­fur as an ener­gy source to chem­i­cal­ly change sul­fates to hydro­gen sul­fide. The bac­te­ria use sul­fur from decay­ing plants and oth­er organ­ic mat­ter in oxy­gen-defi­cient envi­ron­ments. They can occur in deep or shal­low wells, and reside in plumb­ing sys­tems. Hydro­gen sul­fide can reveal itself in oth­er ways too. Hot water heaters that have a mag­ne­sium rod used for cor­ro­sion con­trol can chem­i­cal­ly reduce sul­fates to hydro­gen sul­fide. Hydro­gen sul­fide also can enter sur­face water through springs as well.   It is most com­mon in shale and sand­stone. The occur­rence of hydro­gen sul­fide gas has been asso­ci­at­ed with ground­wa­ter with low pH and/or ground­wa­ter with high lev­els of iron and/or man­ganese (typ­i­cal water qual­i­ty issues in New Eng­land).  Hydro­gen sul­fide has a pun­gent smell at low con­cen­tra­tions and most peo­ple can detect con­cen­tra­tions above 0.03 ppm. There is no Max­i­mum Con­t­a­m­i­nant Lev­el estab­lished by the Unit­ed States EPA.

IS HYDROGEN SULFIDE A HEALTH RISK OR IS THE ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER JUST AN AESTHETIC ISSUE?

Usu­al­ly it is not a health risk at con­cen­tra­tions present in house­hold water.  How­ev­er, hydro­gen sul­fide gas is flam­ma­ble and poi­so­nous at high con­cen­tra­tions.  Build-up of hydro­gen sul­fide con­cen­tra­tions in con­fined areas has been known to cause adverse health effects.

Bac­te­ria in ground­wa­ter are respon­si­ble for most of the sul­fide smells detect­ed while sam­pling water wells. These are not often asso­ci­at­ed with high enough con­cen­tra­tions to be a health issue. In rare cas­es, sul­fide pres­ence may be due to sewage pol­lu­tion. If you expe­ri­ence a hydro­gen sul­fide odor sud­den­ly, con­sult with a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem pro­fes­sion­al.

OTHER AFFECTS — Hydro­gen sul­fide is cor­ro­sive and can leach met­als from plumb­ing sys­tems into the water. The result of this cor­ro­sion of met­als by hydro­gen sul­fide can be  a black pre­cip­i­tate that can stain laun­dry and bath­room fix­tures, dark­en sil­ver­ware, and dis­col­or cop­per and brass uten­sils.

HOW DO I GET RID OF THE ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN MY WATER?

rotten egg smell in my water in Maynard, Ma

While there are a num­ber of tech­nolo­gies avail­able to remove the rot­ten egg smell in your water, it can­not be viewed in a vac­u­um.  The pH lev­el, iron & man­ganese lev­els, as well as oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants present in the water must be eval­u­at­ed for an effec­tive, com­pre­hen­sive solu­tion to this issue.  Some of the tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems that may be used include:

  • Ozone treat­ment cre­ates a chem­i­cal reac­tion that pre­cip­i­tates sul­fur. Ozone is effec­tive for con­cen­tra­tions up to 10 ppm.
  • Oxi­diz­ing fil­ters will work for con­cen­tra­tions up to 6 ppm. The fil­ter con­tains sand with a man­ganese diox­ide coat­ing that changes hydro­gen sul­fide gas to tiny par­ti­cles of sul­fur that are trapped inside the fil­ter.
  • Acti­vat­ed car­bon fil­ters can be effec­tive when hydro­gen sul­fide is present in low lev­els (up to about 0.3 ppm). The hydro­gen sul­fide is absorbed onto the sur­face of the car­bon par­ti­cles. Fil­ters require peri­od­ic replace­ment and can har­bor sul­fate-reduc­ing bac­te­ria
  • Shock chlo­ri­na­tion of your well may reduce the hydro­gen sul­fide-pro­duc­ing bac­te­ria. It’s most effec­tive in water with a pH between 5 and 7 and inef­fec­tive in alka­line (high­er pH) water.  An acti­vat­ed car­bon fil­ter may be nec­es­sary to remove resid­ual chlo­rine or small amounts of remain­ing hydro­gen sul­fide.
  • Oxi­da­tion removes hydro­gen sul­fide con­cen­tra­tions exceed­ing 6 ppm. It can be done by aer­a­tion, chlo­ri­na­tion, and potas­si­um per­man­ganate.
  • Water heater mod­i­fi­ca­tion is nec­es­sary when hydro­gen sul­fide is caus­ing an odor with­in the water heat­ing sys­tem. Replac­ing the mag­ne­sium cor­ro­sion con­trol rod with one made of alu­minum or oth­er met­als usu­al­ly improves the sit­u­a­tion, how­ev­er, you should check the manufacturer’s war­ran­ty on the water heater to make sure you aren’t void­ing the war­ran­ty.

OTHER WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

There are dif­fer­ent types and sizes of whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tems avail­able to address the var­i­ous types of poten­tial water qual­i­ty issues expe­ri­enced in May­nard. Select­ing the ones that address the water qual­i­ty issues that have been iden­ti­fied and that you are con­cerned with is the task at hand.  Not only is match­ing the right tech­nol­o­gy impor­tant, but also siz­ing the sys­tem to meet the water usage demands of your home is very impor­tant.  Last, but not least, a pro­fes­sion­al­ly plumbed sys­tem is also crit­i­cal as well as main­te­nance of the sys­tem through­out the years to opti­mize the use­ful life and prop­er func­tion­ing of your new equip­ment.

While symp­toms of water qual­i­ty issues such as bad odors & taste, stain­ing of laun­dry, bath­room fix­tures, etc. are indi­ca­tors of prob­lems, the pre­ferred start­ing point is to get a water test to iden­ti­fy the min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants in the water and at what quan­ti­ty they exist.  This will lead to an effec­tive sys­tem rec­om­men­da­tion and route to pro­vid­ing your home with excel­lent water qual­i­ty.  While cer­tain min­er­als & con­t­a­m­i­nants can be test­ed on-site, health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and oth­ers should be prop­er­ly sam­pled and brought to a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry for test­ing that requires spe­cial­ized equip­ment.

WATER SOFTENERS

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Whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tems

A water soft­en­er is a type of whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tem that is designed for remov­ing hard water min­er­als (mag­ne­sium & cal­ci­um) as well as dis­solved iron and man­ganese from the water.  For water with high lev­els of iron or man­ganese (“the stain­ers”), a “down-flow” water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed to pre­vent min­er­al build-up in the bot­tom of the water soft­en­er.  Also, high effi­cien­cy water soft­en­ers that are more effi­cient with both water and salt usage are pre­ferred.  A water soft­en­er will not remove the rot­ten egg smell in water.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR OTHER CONTAMINANTS

Oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants found in New Eng­land well water include Radon and Arsenic.  A water soft­en­er will not remove these health threat con­t­a­m­i­nants. Radon in water is safe­ly removed with an aer­a­tion sys­tem that agi­tates the incom­ing well water, releas­ing the gas from the water in a sealed cham­ber. This gas is then safe­ly vent­ed to the out­side ambi­ent air.

remove rotten egg smell in water removal in Maynrd

Whole house water fil­tra­tion for radon in water removal

Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing tanks filled with arsenic spe­cif­ic resin that cap­tures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water sup­ply.  Point of use sys­tems for drink­ing water can use reverse osmo­sis tech­nol­o­gy to effec­tive­ly remove arsenic as well. Speak to a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al to decide which sys­tem is right for you.

remove rotten egg smell in water in Maynard

Whole house water fil­tra­tion to remove arsenic from water

In addi­tion to the above sys­tems described, there are many oth­er types of sys­tems to remove bad tastes & odors (oth­er than rot­ten egg smell in water), sed­i­ment and many oth­er objec­tion­able min­er­als and con­t­a­m­i­nants in the water.  Start­ing with a water test will dic­tate the right approach.

Remove rotten egg smell from water in Maynard, MA

rotten egg smell in water in Maynard, MA
H2O Care is an established full service, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website http://www.h2ocare.com, and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us at [email protected] or 800–539-1100.  Visit our new office at 439 Main Street (route 62) in Hudson, MA, opening May 1, 2017.
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Water fil­tra­tion for rot­ten egg smell in May­nard

Radon in water removal — rockport, mass

Radon in water filtration in Rockport, MA

RADON IN WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

Radon In water Milford, MA

 

RADON IN WATER

Radon in water is not a prob­lem until the gas escapes the water as it enters your Rock­port home through faucets, show­ers, bath­tubs and wash­ing machines. Radon is a radioac­tive gas which comes from the nat­ur­al decay of ura­ni­um found in near­ly all soils.  (for more infor­ma­tion about this top­ic, see the fol­low­ing link: Radon in Mass­a­chu­setts.  As radon is a col­or­less, odor­less, taste­less ele­ment, the need for a water test is all the more crit­i­cal. Radon in water is a health threat that must be tak­en care of.

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 it can build up in con­cen­tra­tion. Any home may have a radon in water or radon in air prob­lem; new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or with­out base­ments.

State Contaminant Guideline Levels (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           ”                 ”

Water filtration - radon in water removal Rockport, MA

  RADON IN WATER REMOVAL SYSTEMS

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

1. Cracks in sol­id floors

2. Con­struc­tion joints

3. Cracks in walls

4. Gaps in sus­pend­ed floors

5. Gaps around ser­vice pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. The water sup­ply when gas is released into the air in the home

Radon in well water in Rockport, MA

In 1988, the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram per­formed a study in con­junc­tion with the EPA. The data gath­ered from that study esti­mates that one out of four hous­es 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 non­smok­ers, accord­ing to EPA.

Cig­a­rette smok­ers should keep their expo­sure to radon as low as pos­si­ble. Smok­ers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smok­ers. If the house 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 pop­u­lar method of report­ing radon lev­els. A pic­oCurie 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 Rockport, MA

SOME COMMON MYTHS ABOUT RADON IN WATER

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.

If you have fur­ther ques­tions on radon, you may call the Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram and they will advise you on how to get your home test­ed and assist you in inter­pret­ing the results.  If your well tests pos­i­tive for radon in water, a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al or state cer­ti­fied lab can be of assis­tance.

radon in water in Rockport, MAradon in water in Rockport

H2O Care is an established  Massachusetts based, full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, with offices in Middleton  (259 South Main St. -route. 114) & Hudson, MA.  See our written and published articles about common regional water contaminants in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.   Email us at [email protected] or call 800–539-1100.

Radon in water removal — milford, mass

RADON in water in Milford, MA

RADON IN WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

RADON IN WATERRadon In water Milford, MA

Radon in water is not a prob­lem until the gas escapes the water as it enters your Mil­ford home through faucets, show­ers, bath­tubs and wash­ing machines.  Radon is a radioac­tive gas which comes from the nat­ur­al decay of ura­ni­um found in near­ly all soils. (for more infor­ma­tion about this top­ic, see the fol­low­ing link:Radon in Mass­a­chu­setts. As radon is a col­or­less, odor­less, taste­less ele­ment, the need for a water test is all the more crit­i­cal. Radon in water is a health threat that must be tak­en care of.

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 it can build up in con­cen­tra­tion. Any home may have a radon in water or radon in air prob­lem; new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or with­out base­ments.

State Contaminant Guideline Levels (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           ”                 ”

Water filtration - radon in water removal Milford, MA

   RADON IN WATER REMOVAL SYSTEM

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

1. Cracks in sol­id floors

2. Con­struc­tion joints

3. Cracks in walls

4. Gaps in sus­pend­ed floors

5. Gaps around ser­vice pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. The water sup­ply when gas is released into the air in the home

Radon in well water in Milford, MA

In 1988, the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram per­formed a study in con­junc­tion with the EPA. The data gath­ered from that study esti­mates that one out of four hous­es 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 non­smok­ers, accord­ing to EPA.

Cig­a­rette smok­ers should keep their expo­sure to radon as low as pos­si­ble. Smok­ers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smok­ers. If the house 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 pop­u­lar method of report­ing radon lev­els. A pic­oCurie 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 Milford, MA

SOME COMMON MYTHS ABOUT RADON IN WATER

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.

If you have fur­ther ques­tions on radon, you may call the Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram and they will advise you on how to get your home test­ed and assist you in inter­pret­ing the results.  If your well tests pos­i­tive for radon in water, a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al or state cer­ti­fied lab can be of assis­tance.

radon in water in Milford, MARADON IN WATER IN MILFORD, MA

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Radon in water — groveland, massachusetts

RADON IN WATER REMOVAL

Radon In water Groveland, 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. Radon is a radioac­tive gas which comes from the nat­ur­al decay of ura­ni­um found in near­ly all soils.  (for more infor­ma­tion about this top­ic, see the fol­low­ing link: Radon in Mass­a­chu­setts.  As radon is a col­or­less, odor­less, taste­less ele­ment, the need for a water test is all the more crit­i­cal.Radon in water is a health threat that must be tak­en care of in your Grov­e­land, MA home.

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.  Radon in water is not an uncom­mon occur­rence in Grov­e­land wells. Your home may trap radon inside where it can build up in con­cen­tra­tion. Any home may have a radon in water or radon in air prob­lem; new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or with­out base­ments.

State Maximum Contaminant Guideline Levels (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           ”                 ”

Water filtration - radon in water in Groveland, MA

RADON IN WATER FILTRATION 

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

1. Cracks in sol­id floors

2. Con­struc­tion joints

3. Cracks in walls

4. Gaps in sus­pend­ed floors

5. Gaps around ser­vice pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. The water sup­ply when gas is released into the air in the home

Radon in well water in Groveland, MA

In 1988, the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram per­formed a study in con­junc­tion with the EPA. The data gath­ered from that study esti­mates that one out of four hous­es 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 non­smok­ers, accord­ing to EPA.

Cig­a­rette smok­ers should keep their expo­sure to radon as low as pos­si­ble. Smok­ers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smok­ers. If the house 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 pop­u­lar method of report­ing radon lev­els. A pic­oCurie 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 Groveland,MA

SOME COMMON MYTHS ABOUT RADON IN WATER

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.

If you have fur­ther ques­tions on radon, you may call the Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram and they will advise you on how to get your home test­ed and assist you in inter­pret­ing the results.  If your well tests pos­i­tive for radon in water, a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al or state cer­ti­fied lab can be of assis­tance.

 

Radon in water in Groveland, MAradon in water in Groveland, MA

H2O Care is a full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA on route 114.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.
Radon in water removal in Groveland, MA

  RADON IN WATER

Arsenic in water — sherborn, massachusetts

ARSENIC in water in Sherborn, MA

Arsenic in water removal — Sher­born, MA

ARSENIC IN WATER

Arsenic in water occurs nat­u­ral­ly and is a taste­less, odor­less and col­or­less con­t­a­m­i­nant.  Oth­er activ­i­ties that could have left arsenic resid­u­als include apple orchard spray­ing, coal ash dis­pos­al, and use of some pres­sure treat­ed wood. Sher­born home­own­ers are very sur­prised when they get their lab test results back and see they have arsenic in their water.  While there are seri­ous health threats asso­ci­at­ed with inges­tion, there are effec­tive meth­ods for remov­ing arsenic in water.  For detail on poten­tial health affects, see the link at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs372/en/

The pri­ma­ry forms of Arsenic in water are Arsenic III and Arsenic V.   Many arsenic removal media have a low capac­i­ty for remov­ing Arsenic III from the water, there­fore con­vert­ing it to Arsenic V (which is eas­i­er to remove) is a com­mon approach.  Deter­min­ing the ratio of Arsenic III ver­sus Arsenic V in water is crit­i­cal as this will allow the design and imple­men­ta­tion of a water treat­ment sys­tem that will effec­tive­ly remove it.   There are meth­ods to oxi­dize the Arsenic III and con­vert it to Arsenic V for ease of removal.  Not all towns have detect­ed arsenic in water, how­ev­er, there are pock­ets found in Sher­born which increas­es the impor­tance of prop­er test­ing, fol­low-up, etc.

Arsenic in water removal in Sherborn well water

Arsenic removal fil­tra­tion tanks with media inside

WATER TEST & ANALYSIS FOR ARSENIC IN WATER

Water testing for Arsenic in water Sherborn, MA

Water test

Hav­ing a com­plete lab­o­ra­to­ry water test and analy­sis, includ­ing para­me­ters that can neg­a­tive­ly impact arsenic removal media, is crit­i­cal to a well designed, safe water treat­ment sys­tem that will remove the arsenic in water.  pH can sig­nif­i­cant­ly affect Arsenic media per­for­mance along with oth­er com­pet­ing ions such as Iron, Man­ganese, Hard­ness, Vana­di­um, Sul­fate, Phos­phate, Sil­i­ca, Total Dis­solved Solids, Sus­pend­ed Solids and Hydro­gen Sul­fide.  For a full arti­cle on this top­ic which we’ve had pub­lished in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine, go to our pub­li­ca­tions sec­tion and click on the Arsenic removal arti­cle at http://h2ocare.com/publications/

WATER USAGE MONITORING

Water meter for arsenic in well water Sherborn, MA

Deter­min­ing water usage is also crit­i­cal to design­ing an effec­tive arsenic in water removal sys­tem that will have the prop­er capac­i­ty.  Key infor­ma­tion would include well pump size, well pump flow rate, size of the incom­ing water line, num­ber of res­i­dents in the home, the num­ber of bath­rooms, space avail­abil­i­ty for equip­ment instal­la­tion, elec­tri­cal avail­abil­i­ty and water dis­charge loca­tion or restric­tions, among oth­ers.

TRACKING WATER USE AFTER SYSTEM INSTALLATION IS IMPORTANT

A cou­ple of key com­po­nents for con­sid­er­a­tion when design­ing this type of sys­tem include:

  1.  Uti­liz­ing a meter to track flow rate and total gal­lons processed is crit­i­cal to deter­mine the home’s water demand.
  2.  Gal­lons used read­ings also assist in uncov­er­ing any poten­tial leaks in the home such as run­ning toi­lets, which will unnec­es­sar­i­ly pre­ma­ture­ly deplete the arsenic media’s capac­i­ty.

LEAD/LAG TANK DESIGNED FOR ADDED SAFETY

Because Arsenic in water is a taste­less, col­or­less and odor­less con­t­a­m­i­nant, it is par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to have two tanks in series in case the first tank is deplet­ed pri­or to sched­uled ser­vice with your water treat­ment com­pa­ny.  Ser­vice should be sched­uled at inter­vals deter­mined by the water use track­ing data accu­mu­lat­ed. This com­bined with appro­pri­ate water test­ing inter­vals are added safe­guards to pre­vent Arsenic from get­ting into the treat­ed water enter­ing the home.

In sum­ma­ry, find­ing Arsenic in well water may first come as a shock, how­ev­er , if you are con­tem­plat­ing buy­ing a home that has Arsenic in the well, you can have a safe, effec­tive sys­tem installed to elim­i­nate this prob­lem.

arsenic in water in Sherborn, MA

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H2O Care is an established full service, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  H2O Care has been installing and servicing water softeners and other water filtration equipment since 1989.  Contact us at [email protected] or call 800–539-1100.
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