Archive for July, 2012
Nashville’s Waterborne Radon Blues
Nestled in picturesque Tennessee, in a city known for its music, a silent killer lurks in Nashville’s water supply. Waterborne radon is a problem in cities across the nation, not just Nashville. The good news is that local residents can easily detect and eliminate the dangers posed by radon in water.
The city is at risk because the soil around Nashville contains radioactive rocks. Over time, these rocks decay and leak radioactive radon into the soil. This gradually leads to the contamination of ground water, and leaves water supplies — especially those from wells — at risk. This silent killer is invisible, tasteless and odorless. Waterborne radon is eventually released into the air inside the house, increases the amount of gas that home contains, and therefore the risk to the home’s residents.
As with any health hazards, myths have developed about radon. One myth is that scientists are not sure of the danger caused by radon exposure. However, the fact is that there have been clear links for some time between inhaling radon and lung cancer. Another popular myth is that one home is sure to be safe if a neighboring house is found to not contain excessively high radon levels. Actually, every home is different and needs individual testing.
The Danger of Exposure to Radon in Water
If your home receives its drinking water comes from a large lake or water reservoir, the chances of danger from radon in water is lower because the radon tends to filters into the outside air. However, homes that get their drinking water from private wells are at a higher risk. Airborne radon can seep into a home through cracks in its walls and floors. When this airborne radon combines with radon released into the air by the home’s water supply, dangerous levels can quickly result. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Up to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year are caused by exposure to radon; it can take years after the initial exposure for the consequences to be fully felt.
Fighting Radon in Water
If testing finds radon in your home’s water supply, SWAT Environmental can deal with the problem. An aeration system will generally be the most effective means of removing the gas from your home’s water. For extra protection, you may also need carbon filtration systems as well.
The state of Tennessee is taking a progressive fight against radon by developing a program to help prevent the buildup of radon inside residential buildings. They have established additional guidelines for public buildings. Waterborne radon in Nashville’s water supply is a serious threat, so visit the state’s website for further information. Officials encourage everyone to test their home for radon; by doing so, you can avoid the health risk created by radon in water and make sure that you and your family will not be singing the “Waterborne Radon Blues.”
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Radon Abatement to Protect Your Nashville Home
Radon is such a dangerous substance that finding it in your Nashville home can be a very scary experience. This potentially deadly radioactive gas can even cause lung cancer if its levels are allowed to accumulate to sufficiently high levels. Homes in Nashville, Tennessee and the surrounding region are at a particularly high risk for this problem.
The bad news is that you cannot see, smell or taste radon gas when it builds up inside your home. Regardless, high levels of radon have been the cause of many deaths — both in Nashville, Tennessee and around the world. Most dangerously, lung cancer is a widespread condition in people who breathe air that contains significant levels of radon gas. As a matter of fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States; smoking is the number one cause. People that smoke and live in a home that is contaminated with radon are at a much higher risk of developing lung cancer. Radon abatement can ensure you’re protected against this.
Radon Abatement and Testing
Radon is a side effect of the breakdown of uranium, which is an element that is naturally found in water, soil and rocks. In some locations, only one home in a neighborhood will contain radon gas, while in others multiple homes will be contaminated. The radon often gets into the home through cracks in its foundation, as well as through its well water in some cases. Any and every home in Nashville can contain high radon levels and should be tested. At last check, an average of one out of every 15 homes in the Nashville area contained dangerously high levels of radon. You must rely on radon testing to determine how much, if any, radon your home contains. You can purchase a home radon abatement kit or you can rely on SWAT Environmental to do the testing for you.
Radon Abatement Systems
If your home has been tested for radon and is determined to contain excessively high levels of the gas, you should have SWAT Environmental install a radon abatement system in your house as soon as possible. This will lower the level of radon by about 99 percent. It may be a minor inconvenience to have the system put in, but because of the risk of health problems to you and your family, it is well worth it.
Radon Abatement and the Water Supply
Often, the radon will also be found in the water supply that goes into your house. When this happens, the soil suction method and other kinds of mitigation that are used for the soil-based radon are not going to be sufficient on their own. To deal with water-based radon, specialized filters will have to be installed at the water’s entry points. Additional filters will also need to be added to the final water sources in your house, such as the faucets in the sinks, to ensure that there are no traces of radon in the water you use for cooking, drinking and washing.