Radon in Water Poses Serious Health Risks
High Levels of Radon in Water Supplies
Alongside modern advancements in technology to ensure clean water and air has come an increased awareness of radon and the dangers associated with it. This radioactive gas cannot be detected by the ordinary human senses; therefore, a radon test must be performed to determine whether the gas is present in a particular building or water supply. When present, radon in water can create serious health risks in those exposed to it. Many people in Raleigh, North Carolina have become ill because of radon and some have even been killed by health complications like cancer that often result from this potentially deadly gas.
Radon can be found all over the country, not just in Raleigh, but this area’s residents should be particularly aware of the dangers of radon exposure since this area tends to generate unusually high radon levels. Radon is a completely natural substance and typically not harmful when released freely into the air. Radon in water, however, can be released into a home’s air every time a faucet is opened. When radon gas is trapped in a small space over a long period of time, it can build up to the point that it becomes a health hazard. This occurs at an alarming rate in the Raleigh area, which is why you should understand the importance of radon testing and potential prevention methods for a home contaminated by radon.
The Dangers of Radon in Water
Radon naturally generates as a side effect of the decomposition of radioactive elements in the ground; this often allows it to contaminate underground water supplies. Efforts are currently underway to help educate the public about how radon in water can impact health. North Carolina has a higher level of waterborne radon when compared to other states nationwide. The average North Carolina body of water contains over 540 pCi/L of radon; this is two hundred points higher than the national average. Of course, not all water supplies in North Carolina are quite that high. Most public water supplies, in particular, tend to be somewhat lower. However, the risk is high enough to be worth taking seriously.
How To Reduce Airborne and Waterborne Radon Levels
The stakes, therefore, are clear. In light of them, it is extremely important, as a Raleigh homeowner, that you have your house and your house’s water supply tested regularly for unhealthy amounts of radon. If you do find out that your home contains dangerously high radon levels, you can have SWAT Environmental radon abatement specialists take any necessary measures to reduce your radon exposure. Specialized aeration systems can help remove the radon from the water, as can granular activated carbon filters. SWAT’s experts can choose and install these options to ensure that you do not experience any health problems from waterborne radon.
Since the negative effects of radon in water are so serious, you have should have the problem dealt with immediately once you find out about it. Schedule a test today and live healthier tomorrow.
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