Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in rocks and soil. It can seep into Lakes Region homes and commercial buildings through cracks in the foundation and become a significant health hazard. However, radon can also be present in drinking water, posing a potential risk to individuals who consume it.
How Does Radon Get into Drinking Water?
Radon can dissolve and accumulate in groundwater sources fed by uranium-rich soil and bedrock. This means private wells and public water systems may have elevated radon levels. Radon has been found in the water of many local homes and businesses throughout Laconia, Gilford, Belmont and beyond. Radon gas can also enter homes through the shower, faucet, or any other point where water runs, releasing the destructive gas into the air.
The Impact of Radon on Drinking Water
Consuming water contaminated with radon can increase the risk of developing cancer, especially lung cancer. As the radon decays, it creates radioactive particles that can become lodged in the lungs, causing cellular damage and mutations. Additionally, ingesting water containing radon over an extended period can expose internal organs to prolonged radiation exposure, leading to other health problems.
Remedying Radon Contamination with Filtration Systems
Installing a water filtration system is one of the most effective ways of reducing radon levels in drinking water. Radon water filters use either aeration or activated carbon adsorption to remove the radon gas from the water.
Aeration systems are one of the most effective methods for removing radon from drinking water. They work by agitating the water, allowing the radon gas to escape into the atmosphere safely outside of your home and water system. This allows you to keep your drinking water free from harmful radon levels while still enjoying clean and safe drinking water. As an added benefit, aeration also helps to reduce other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from building up in your water supply. Installing an aeration system is a great solution for those who want to keep their drinking water safe and healthy for themselves and their family.
Activated carbon adsorption filters pass the water through a filtration medium, usually made up of granulated activated carbon. The surface of this medium is designed to absorb radon and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), trapping them so they cannot enter the drinking water supply. This process effectively removes radon from the water, giving you confidence that your home’s drinking water is safe and clean. The filter itself can be professionally installed and maintained by LaChance Water Filtration, making it a ideal, no hassle solution for anyone looking to reduce radon levels in their drinking water.
Concerned about radon?
Testing your drinking water for radon and other contaminants is crucial if you have concerns about its quality. If radon is present, a water filtration system from LaChance Water Filtration can effectively minimize exposure and protect your health. Contact a professional to determine the right water filtration system for your specific needs and ensure proper installation. Please don’t take any risks regarding your health and safety; give us a call today!