New York Water Well Owners should take Radon in water very seriously!

The EPA estimates that radon breathed in the home is responsible for 20,000 lung cancer deaths annually. Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and smokers who are exposed to Radon have an even higher risk of developing lung cancer. Radon gas is released when radon-tainted water is exposed to open air through turning on a faucet, taking a shower, doing laundry, etc. Likewise, consuming drinking water contaminated with radon presents significant risk of stomach cancers.

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and naturally occurring radioactive gas produced from the decay of the element radium. Radium occurs naturally in soil worldwide. Radon gas can dissolve in ground-water and later be released in the air during such normal household activities as showering, dish washing and doing laundry. When radon accumulates in indoor air it can pose an increased health risk, primarily, lung cancer. Radon in water is extremely dangerous and the EPA estimates that in-home exposure to radon gas causes 20,000 cancer deaths annually.

Have You Tested Your Water For Radon?

Radon Is A Silent Killer!

How much radon is too much?

The U.S. EPA has set an advisory “action level” of 10,000 p Ci/L for radon gas in water. While not a mandated health standard, the level is a guideline for people to use in assessing the seriousness of their exposure to airborne radon. Concentrations noticeably lower than 10,000 p Ci/L are desirable.

Radon accumulates in water as it moves through underground radon deposits. Most water from streams, lakes and other natural sources contains safe amounts of radon because much of the radon it contains escapes when the water meets open air. Water wells are more susceptible to high amounts of radon because no such natural venting occurs in the closed system of a water well.

Given the abundance of private water wells in Upstate New York, it’s critical to test water for radon and treat any radon-laced water. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from exposure to radon. The New York State Department of Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Surgeon General recommend testing for radon. Rest assured that Amber Water Pros installs sophisticated systems to protect against radon and ensure the long-term safety of your drinking water.

Homes in Cortland County have the highest average Radon readings in New York State followed by Chemung, Steuben, Chenango and Tioga Counties to round out the top 5 highest in the State. See the NYS Department of Health map below to see if your county is at High Risk.

Our Solution – Radon Water Filter System

Amber Water Pros installs world-class water filter systems to reduce radon in water to long lasting safe levels. Our systems utilize “bubble up” technology which forces air through water separating or “bubbling up” radon from water and venting it out into open air. Based upon your water chemistry, we have options that include either our exclusive In-The-Well or In-home Treatment technology. We have solutions that no other company has locally!

Our Advantages Over GAC Water Filtering

The two most common methods of treating radon in water are granular activated carbon (GAC) and aeration. Though less expensive to install than aeration systems, GAC systems require regularly replacing pricey carbon filters while aeration systems require only annual maintenance.

GAC filters also collect radioactive materials and require special protection such as a radiation shield around a unit and locating equipment outdoors or at least far away from living spaces. Further, GAC filters must be disposed of by trained professionals and can wear out long before well owners realize, resulting in unknowingly drinking and using dangerous radon-tainted water.

If your water is radon-contaminated, call us immediately to discuss long-term solutions. The health of your loved one and your own health may be at stake.

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