Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It is odorless, colorless and tasteless.
It occurs naturally and can actually dissolve into our water supply. It is created by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and H2O.
The more granite in your area increases your risk of finding radon. It can leak into the groundwater, which is then transported to your well.
Yes, the most common cases of radon I've personally heard about are in people's well water.
The radon in your supply poses an inhalation risk and an ingestion risk.
Research has shown that your risk of lung cancer from breathing radon in the air is much larger than your risk of stomach cancer from swallowing water with radon in it.
That still doesn't make me feel better. So those most at risk I believe are those not using city water.
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk of radon.
Remove Radon From Water - Expensive SystemsWhile the removal of radon in the air of a home can typically range from $900 to $1,300 for a standard mitigation system, you can expect the cost of radon removal in H2O to cost thousands.
There are some radon reduction systems you can buy and they can sometimes be costly.
One process is called aeration which is the process of bringing water and air into close contact in order to remove dissolved gases.
This can cost between $3,500 and $8,000. There is also something called granular carbon treatment which is a tank system that is usually placed at the spot where it enters the home.
It costs between $1,500 and $2,000, but when the carbon filter is filled up with the contamination you must buy a new filter and that is costly too.
Remove Radon From Water A Better WayAnother way to remove this radioactive gas is through the Berkey filter.
The black elements actually have been tested and certified to remove radon 222 to below detectable limits.
They last around a year depending upon how much you consume and let me tell you...it doesn't cost thousands of dollars up front and doesn't cost thousands of dollars in filter replacements.
Depending on which Berkey system you buy you'll only be spending a few hundred dollars.
After a year the black element replacements only cost around $107.
Before spending thousands to remove radon from water with carbon treatment, I would first look into one of the many Berkey filter systems.