Radon: Truth VS Myth
Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that occurs naturally around the world with traces found throughout nature and the human body. Radon exists in soil, rocks, groundwater, plants, animals, and the air we breathe. Ultimately, there is no escaping radon, but measures can be taken to reduce the concentration household levels and lessen the potential impact it could have on human health. However, of the many toxins that can linger in your water, NH Tap does not believe radon in New Hampshire water is a cause for concern.
A Brief Breakdown
Radon begins as uranium, a highly radioactive element most notably known for its presence in early atomic bombs. During decay, uranium breaks down into radium, another radioactive element commonly used to treat several types of cancer. At the end of the decay chain is radon, a radioactive natural gas that accounts for over two-thirds of the natural background radiation dose to the population, and poses danger through excess inhalation.
Radon and Water
Because radon exists in the rocks and soil we build on, it tends to enter homes through cracks in the floors, small pores in walls, gaps or cracks in pipes, and through drains. Groundwater is more likely to contain radon than surface water, and will dilute significantly when met with oxygen. Though radon is one of the earth’s many elements that our bodies are accustomed to at low levels, too much in the air can be extremely dangerous. However, the risk of radon in your drinking water being a threat to your home and health requires no remediation.
- According to the World Health Organization, epidemiological studies have not found an association between consumption of drinking water containing radon and an increased risk of stomach cancer (or any cancer)
- Radon is predominantly received from inhaling, not ingesting
- According to the EPA, less than 2% of radon present in the air is attributed to drinking water
- Boiling water will completely release radon from the water into the air, unlike many other serious toxins that require filtration
NH Tap Knows What to Look For
NH Tap takes dangerous toxins and chemicals seriously and urge our customers to stay aware of the many potential dangers that could be lurking in their unfiltered water. A single system to remove just radon from water can cost up to $4,500, leaving hazardous carcinogens and toxins untouched. Our water filtration systems are designed to pinpoint and eradicate the threatening impurities that have been proven health hazards, such as:
NH Tap values an honest approach and is committed to providing access to healthy and safe drinking water for all of New Hampshire.
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