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Waterborne Radon and Its Impact on Norwalk, Connecticut
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive and cancer-causing gas that could be in your Norwalk, Connecticut home right now, right under your nose. This odorless, tasteless, and transparent killer is responsible for thousands of deaths in the United Stated every year, and excess exposure means putting you and your family at risk for both lung and stomach cancer. Worse yet, while some people have heard of the risks of airborne exposure, radon in water is an issue with which many in the Norwalk area are unfamiliar.
Radon is a decaying form of radium, a byproduct that can be created naturally in rock, soil and sometimes water. Deposits of this element found in the earth surrounding ground water mean that the resulting radon in water has the perfect chance to escape and contaminate that water. When wells later tap into those water supplies, the radon can be pulled into homes along with the water. As the City of Norwalk’s own website notes, many “residents relay on ground water for all or part of their drinking supply.”
While the city has enacted an Aquifer Protection Area Program to protect the land above some of these water sources, this typically only protects from above-ground pollution, not from naturally occurring hazards within the ground itself like radon. Moreover, for the many Norwalk residents who rely on private wells, even this small protection is irrelevant, since it only impacts individuals connected to the public water supply.
How Can My Family Be Harmed by Radon in Water?
Once your ground water has become contaminated with radon, it is not long before it makes its way into your home. At this point, ingestion of the contaminated water, putting you at increased risk for stomach and intestinal cancer, is just the first problem. In addition, typical household chores, from doing dishes, to cooking, to doing laundry, to showering, can all release the waterborne radon into the air. In its gaseous form, radon has been identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Whether you suspect that you have radon in your water or not, it is important that you take the steps necessary to ensure that your Norwalk, Connecticut home is protected. Having your home’s air and water tested for elevated radon levels is the first step. Radon levels higher than 4.0 pCi/L mean that you definitely have a problem.
SWAT Environmental’s radon mitigation and removal specialists are trained in the details of testing the air and water in a house for contamination. As experts in their field, they have the equipment and experience necessary to analyze potential contamination and to recommend the best steps to prevent or remove the problem. Not only will these licensed specialists be able to perform any necessary testing, they will also be able to actually protect your Norwalk home from the dangers of radon in water by installing equipment to remove it if it is present.
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