Radon in Water, Nashville’s Radon Problem
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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