Radon in water removal — southborough, ma

RADON IN WATER in Southborough, MA



Radon In water Southborough, 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.

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.

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           ”                 ”

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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 Southborough, 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.

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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.


H2O Care is a full service, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, with offices in Hudson & Middleton, 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
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