Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can enter your home either through your foundation or carried into the home via your well water and subsequently released to the air through cooking, showering or laundry. Wells that have tested high for radon-in-water in the past may require additional monitoring. It is important to have several data points related to radon-in-water prior to determining the proper mitigation technology.
Radon exposure is known to cause cancer and is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. Because you can’t see, taste or smell radon, testing is the only way to assess your risk of radon exposure. Ninety-five percent (95%) of exposure to radon is from indoor air; about one percent (1%) is from water – and this, typically released from running water activities, such as bathing, showering, and cleaning. Only 0.1% of exposure is from ingesting drinking water contaminated with radon. Knowing the concentrations of radon-in-water is important to making informed decisions regarding radon mitigation and maintaining a healthy home environment. Radon-in-Water levels can fluctuate significantly due to barometric pressure or seasonality.
What to Expect
The Radon in Water Test is performed by SafeWell Water Quality Specialists. The following is the service delivery process:
- Schedule an appointment
- Professional arrives at your home
- Collects appropriate water samples
- Samples are delivered to a certified lab
- Lab results are reviewed and evaluated
- Next steps are identified
- Report and results are emailed
- Follow up phone discussion