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Regular radon testing for your New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine well is crucial to the health and safety of your water. So, what is Radon? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in rocks and soil. Radon is a carcinogen. When radon accumulates in indoor air, it poses an increased health risk of developing lung cancer. Radon enters buildings through cracks and seams in foundation floors and walls, and openings around floor drains, pipes and sump holes. And, radon enters buildings through well water. Building materials can also give off radon. In northern New England, radon is commonly found in groundwater, which easily dissolves into private wells. Testing is the only way to find out if you have radon in your home or business.
Not only is tainted drinking water harmful, but anything that utilizes the water from your well—such as showering or washing dishes—can release radon gas into the air. As radon is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, a radon test performed by trusted contractors such as Capital Well Clean Water Center will help determine whether treatment is necessary.
Aeration treatment is a removal process whereby air is bubbled through well water to release the gas. The radon must then be properly vented to the outdoors to ensure air within the home remains free from contaminants and safe for you, your family, and your pets to breathe.
Whether radon, bacteria, or other harmful chemicals are found in your well, our specialists take pride in maintaining the purity of your water systems.
Remember, testing is the only way to find out. Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have elevated radon levels. The prevalence of radon in New Hampshire is even greater – one out of every three homes. While elevated levels are found more often in buildings located in the eastern and southeastern portions of the state, excessive levels have been detected in homes in every county.
The US Surgeon General recommends that ALL homes be tested for radon. Testing is the ONLY way to determine if your family is at risk from radon exposure. Almost all risk from radon comes from breathing air with radon. Exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, with more than 21,000 deaths attributed annually to radon-related lung cancer. There is no safe level of radon. Any exposure poses some risk of cancer. Smokers have an increased chance of developing lung cancer in a home where radon gas is found. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
Radon testing is the first step to removal of the chemical, and eliminating that worry. We are a licensed water well contractor, helping ensure well water remains clear, clean, and safe for the families we serve. Call (800) 924-1192 today.