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What is Waterborne Radon Gas?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced by the decay of certain rocks and soil. It is found in all parts of the world, and poses no health risk unless it collects inside a home and other enclosed structure. Radon in water is invisible and has no odor or taste, so many homeowners never even realize that their home has a radon gas problem until health problems arise as a result of their radon exposure. This makes testing your home or living space for radon contamination imperative. Radon can enter your home by seeping in from the ground outside through cracks and crevices in its foundation. Another common avenue, however, is contaminated ground water, which can release radon gas into your home as it exits from a faucet.
Home Contamination from Radon in Water
Homes that are supplied by private wells are at the highest risk for waterborne radon contamination. Ground water from wells can contain particularly high levels of radon — radon in water that can then be released into a home as the water is used, potentially posing a serious health problem to the home’s residents. The most serious health concern is the increased possibility of developing lung cancer from inhaling elevated radon levels. Ingesting the radon that remains in the water can also be dangerous, potentially leading to intestinal cancer and other health problems.
Since you cannot tell on your own when your home’s water or air contains radon, you should have your home tested regularly to ensure that your health and that of your family is not being put at risk — especially if you rely on a private well. The Environmental Protection Agency now recommends radon testing on ground water that is use by community structures, such as apartment buildings, trailer parks and homes. Having your water supply tested is a fairly simple process. A SWAT Environmental expert can take a sample from the water source and test it to determine whether it contains unsafe radon levels.
Dealing with Waterborne Radon in Lancaster, PA
Fortunately, public awareness in the Lancaster area about the dangers of waterborne radon is increasing. More people every day are having their wells and water supplies tested, realizing an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Government studies are being done to ascertain what communities may be most at risk. By contacting SWAT Environmental, you can make arrangements to have your ground water tested. Educating yourself about this danger to the health and well being of your family is very important. SWAT Environmental’s radon experts can choose from a variety of different radon removal techniques to deal with a waterborne radon problem. Each contaminated home is a unique situation — radon in water removal is not as simple as a single, one-size-fits-all solution. That is why relying on the expertise of trained and experienced technicians is vital to ensure that your home is protected.
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