Archive for July, 2012
The Risk of Radon in the Water of Bloomfield, Michigan
Radon is a radioactive gas that develops as a result of the breakdown of uranium in the soil. It can be extremely harmful to your health and is normally undetectable due to the fact that it has no odor, taste or color. Therefore, it can only be detected through proper testing. Long-term radon exposure is known to cause cancer.
Radon can enter a house through two different ways: by contaminating its water supply or by seeping out of the ground into its air. Radon is soluble in water, so waterborne radon is a particularly great cause for concern. Some areas are more prone than others to high radon levels; one such area is Bloomfield, Michigan. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there is a high incidence of radon contamination in Bloomfield specifically as well as in the state of Michigan as a whole. This is due to the high concentration of uranium in the soil.
As uranium breaks down into radon, it can easily enter an area’s ground water. Therefore, if a house in or near Bloomfield is supplied by a well, the chances are good that there is radon in its water. If radon is ingested for a long period of time, health complications can become a major issue.
The Impact of Radon in Water
So, the big question here is why is radon so dangerous? First, it is undetectable except through specialized testing. Your senses of smell, sight and taste will not pick it up. This means that if you do not take the precaution of testing your house for waterborne radon, you could be exposed to the substance for years without realizing it.
Radon in the air can cause lung cancer. But if it gets into the water, it can cause both lung and stomach cancer. As you run the water from the faucet or use it in other ways, the radon gas in the water can be released into the atmosphere in your home. You end up breathing it in as well as drinking it, bathing in it and being exposed to it in other ways.
Of course, not all of the radon in the water dissipates into the air. Some still remains in the water and you can easily ingest it if you drink contaminated water from your faucet. If you continue to drink contaminated water for a long period of time, you may develop many different health problems.
Removal of Radon in Water
When radon is detected in your water supply, you should contact SWAT Environmental to set up the necessary systems to remove it. There are two primary methods for removing radon in water. One method is through aeration, in which the water is mixed with air and the radon is then vented out of the water before it reaches your home. The other method is known as activated carbon treatment, in which the radon is filtered out as it attaches itself to the carbon. SWAT’s technicians can determine which will work best to keep your home protected from radon.
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