Radon Mitigation for Water
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It forms naturally from the decay of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found at different levels in soil and rock throughout the world. Radon gas in the soil and rock can move into the air and into ground water and surface water.
Radon is present outdoors and indoors. It is normally found at very low levels in outdoor air and in drinking water from rivers and lakes. It can be found at higher levels in the air in houses and other buildings, as well as in water from underground sources, such as well water.
Left unchecked and over time, radon can be a serious health risk. The American Cancer Society provides detailed information on the hazards of exposure to various levels of radon.
If your home has high concentrations of radon, there are ways to reduce it to acceptable levels. One of the simpler solutions is through the process of aeration. Aeration consists of mixing large quantities of clean air with the water in your well, which then displaces the radon-rich air outside your home. This process helps in removal of up to 99% of radon from water. The treated water is then re-pressurized so that it flows through your plumbing. Low levels of radon water can also be treated with a properly designed activated carbon system. A properly installed and maintained carbon system will yield approximately 90 – 95% radon reduction and can be an alternative to aeration.
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