Whole house water filtration — hanover, ma

Whole house water filtration systems for Hanover, MA

 WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS

Var­i­ous types and sizes of whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tems are avail­able to address poten­tial water qual­i­ty issues expe­ri­enced in Hanover, Mass­a­chu­setts town water or well water. Not only is match­ing the right tech­nology impor­tant, siz­ing the sys­tem to meet the water usage demands of your home is also key. Last­ly, 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 (iron, hard­ness, pH, total dis­solved solids), 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.

BAD ODORS & TASTES IN YOUR WATERfishy smell in water in Hanover, MArotten egg smell in water in Hanover, MAchlorine smell and taste in water in Hanover, MA

There are var­i­ous types of bad odors and tastes that you may expe­ri­ence in your water.  Hydro­gen Sul­fide is not uncom­mon and is evi­denced typ­i­cal­ly by a rot­ten egg smell in your water, how­ev­er this may also be caused by high Man­ganese lev­els as well.  A water fil­tra­tion specif­i­cal­ly for this prob­lem is effec­tive in cor­rect­ing this. For a more com­plete descrip­tion of this and oth­er poten­tial bad odors and taste in your water, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

You may notice odor and taste issues if your home is sup­plied by town water, typ­i­cal­ly asso­ci­at­ed with Chlo­rine.  Chlo­rine is used for dis­in­fec­tion pur­pos­es by the town to con­trol microor­gan­isms includ­ing bac­te­ria and oth­ers that may be present in the water dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem.  There is the poten­tial for the for­ma­tion of Tri­halomethanes as a byprod­uct of this chlo­ri­na­tion process.  This is typ­i­cal­ly a result of water from a sur­face water sup­ply (reservoir,etc.) with organ­ic mate­r­i­al in it, when mixed with chlo­rine.  Acti­vat­ed car­bon water fil­tra­tion sys­tems are effec­tive at remov­ing chlo­rine and the asso­ci­at­ed taste and odors that come with it as well as Tri­halomethanes.  For more infor­ma­tion on Tri­halomethanes, see the link at Tri­halomethane infor­ma­tion.

WATER SOFTENER SYSTEMS

whole house water filtration system in Hanover, MA

WHOLE HOUSE WATER SOFTENER SYSTEM

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”), an “up-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.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC & RADON

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.

Whole house water filtration for radon in water removal in Sharon

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR RADON

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.

Whole house water filtration to remove arsenic in water in Sharon

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

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H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based, full service water filtration and testing organization originally formed in 1989 with offices in Middleton & Hudson, MA with a service depot in Plymouth, MA.  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, 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 by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.

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WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS

Radon in well water — sutton, mass.

RADON IN WELL WATER REMOVAL

radon in well water Sutton, MA

              RADON IN WELL WATER REMEDIATION

 

 

 

 

 

Radon in well water often presents a sur­prise to home­own­ers when dis­cov­ered. 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 well water is not a prob­lem until the gas escapes the water as it enters your home through faucets, show­ers, bath­tubs, wash­ing machines, etc. Radon mit­i­ga­tion is nec­es­sary to elim­i­nate the health threat cre­at­ed in your Sut­ton home. To remove radon in well water, a sys­tem designed to agi­tate the radon gas out of the water then safe­ly vent it to out­side of the home is the pre­ferred approach. Radon reme­di­a­tion sys­tems are installed in the base­ment at the water’s point of entry into the home.

radon in water Sutton, 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 well water should be test­ed for in Sut­ton pri­vate wells (for more infor­ma­tion about this top­ic, see the fol­low­ing link: Radon in Water Arti­cle.)

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.

Water test in Sutton, 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.

Radon in water testing in Sutton, 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.

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H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  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.  Offices are at 439 Main Street, Hudson, MA  and 259 South Main St., Middleton, MA .  You can reach us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.

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Radon in well water — portsmouth, nh

RADON IN WELL WATER

Radon In well water Portsmouth, nh

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 well water is not a prob­lem until the gas releas­es from the water as it enters your home through faucets, show­ers, bath­tubs and wash­ing machines, etc. Radon in well water is a health threat that must be tak­en care of in your Portsmouth home. Some very high lev­els have been detect­ed in many pri­vate wells in town. 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 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.  For more infor­ma­tion about radon in water see the fol­low­ing link: Radon Info Link.

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

New Hamp­shire = 2,000

Maine = 4,000                        ”                 ”

Rhode Island = 4,000           ”                 ”

Mass­a­chu­setts = 10,000 pico curries/liter

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 Atkinson, nh

RADON STUDIES, RISKS & OTHER CONCERNS

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.

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      WATER TESTING

SOME COMMON MYTHS ABOUT RADON IN WELL 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 Maine, New Hamp­shire or Mass­a­chu­setts.

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 WELL 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.

arsenic in water in Atkinson
H2O Care, Inc. is an established regional firm formed in 1989 for the testing, analyzing and correcting of water quality issues.  The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazine and other periodicals for water contaminants common to the New England region — see the link at http://h2ocare.com/publications/. We can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 800–539-1100.  Our website is at http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.
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Radon in well water — north grafton, mass

RADON IN WELL WATER REMOVAL

radon in well water Grafton, MA

              RADON IN WELL WATER REMEDIATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radon in well water often presents a sur­prise to home­own­ers when dis­cov­ered. 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 well water becomes a prob­lem when the gas escapes the water as it enters your home through faucets, show­ers, bath­tubs, wash­ing machines, etc. Radon mit­i­ga­tion is nec­es­sary to elim­i­nate the health threat cre­at­ed in your North Grafton home. To remove radon in well water, a sys­tem designed to agi­tate the radon gas out of the water then safe­ly vent it to out­side of the home is the pre­ferred approach. Radon reme­di­a­tion sys­tems are installed in the base­ment at the water’s point of entry into the home.

radon in water North Grafton

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 well water should be test­ed for in North Grafton pri­vate wells (for more infor­ma­tion about this top­ic, see the fol­low­ing link: Radon in Water Arti­cle.)

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.

Water test in North Grafton, 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.

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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.

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H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  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.  Offices are at 439 Main Street, Hudson, MA and 259 South Main St., Middleton.  You can reach us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.

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     WATER TEST IN SEABROOK, NH

Water test­ing for cer­tain items can be per­formed on-site with indus­try stan­dard test kits and get reli­able read­ings right at your home. Based on the results, a deter­mi­na­tion can be made whether or not a water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is nec­es­sary to remove the unwant­ed min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants. If so, options can be reviewed for select­ing the pre­ferred approach. The on-site test­ing can be per­formed for the fol­low­ing:

Hard­ness > pH > Iron > Total Dis­solved Solids (TDS) > Alka­lin­i­ty > Chlo­rine

For a more com­plete water test and analy­sis, we rec­om­mend pulling prop­er water sam­ples for test­ing at a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry.  In all cas­es, it is para­mount that water test­ing be per­formed in order to deter­mine whether or not a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is nec­es­sary.

Water test in Seabrook, NH

  WATER TESTING

WATER TESTS THAT REQUIRE A CERTIFIED LABORATORY

For health relat­ed con­t­a­m­i­nants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bac­te­ria, Nitrates or for more com­pre­hen­sive test­ing, we can assist you by prop­er­ly pulling water sam­ples of the right amounts, includ­ing com­ply­ing with required max­i­mum hold­ing peri­ods, tem­per­a­ture, and oth­er pro­to­col.   From there, we can bring the sam­ples to a cer­ti­fied lab for test­ing, which requires spe­cial­ized ana­lyt­i­cal equip­ment and pro­ce­dures.

We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 test­ing lev­els (see link just below) or we can cus­tomize test­ing to your needs depend­ing on your spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion and rea­son for hav­ing your water test­ed. We can assist you in deter­min­ing which water test to have done.  The con­t­a­m­i­nants test­ed for under each of the three Groups are iden­ti­fied in detail at the fol­low­ing link Water-Test­ing-Sheet-.  Water test­ing from a pri­vate well will require more exten­sive test­ing than water com­ing from a munic­i­pal sup­ply which has already under­gone a cer­tain lev­el of test­ing. If you are sell­ing your home with a pri­vate well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspec­tor or bank may dic­tate what must be test­ed for. We will assist you in deter­min­ing which Group test­ing is right for you. Once the lab results become avail­able, we can ana­lyze the report, review it with you and deter­mine if any action is required. If a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­er sys­tem is required, we can review your options and deter­mine the most effec­tive approach for you.

For more infor­ma­tion on when and how often you should per­form water test­ing and relat­ed infor­ma­tion, see the link at Water Test­ing link.

TAKING YOUR OWN WATER SAMPLES AND BRINGING THEM TO A LAB FOR TESTING

If you would pre­fer to take water sam­ples and bring them to the lab your­self, we can direct you to the near­est one for instruc­tions, etc. Once you get the results, we can ana­lyze and review them with you and present water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­ing alter­na­tives if required.

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H2O Care is an established, regional full service 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 by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.
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