The Fontus Guide to Radon + Uranium
Uranium sounds scary. Frankly, it’s hard to believe that it occurs naturally. But it does. When it breaks down, radon is produced. What does that mean for your home? Read on to find out.
What is radon?
We can’t talk about radon until we talk about uranium. Uranium is a metal that can be found all over the earth; in fact, it makes up about 2 to 4 parts per million of most rocks. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, uranium is 40 times more plentiful than silver. It’s also radioactive.
When uranium breaks down, it produces radon, which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and radioactive gas that can cause cancer. It occurs in soil and rock and can also dissolve into water. Areas with granite, granitic sand, and gravel formations tend to have high levels of radon in groundwater. If you live in such an area, that water can easily get into your well.
Radon in water can increase the chances of you or your family members developing cancer. The Maine Bureau of Health recommends that radon in drinking water be no more than 4,000 pCi/L. Studies have shown that nearly one in five Maine wells have radon concentrations this high or higher.
The bottom line is that if your water comes from a private well, you should test the water for radon and uranium.
Can radon and uranium in water be treated?
The good news is that if you have radon or uranium in your water, there are several options you can choose from to remove it.
Schedule a water test for radon and uranium with Fontus
If you’d like to test your well water for radon and uranium, contact Fontus for a water test. After a lab test of your water, we’ll walk you through the results.
If we find you have too much radon and uranium in your water supply, we’ll go over your options with you, so you can decide which works best for your home.
At Fontus, we’re all about providing you with clean, pure water.
The Fontus Triple Test Promise
We want all our customers to feel 100% satisfied with our systems, so we’ve created the Fontus Triple Test Promise.
We’ll test your home or business water supply for aesthetic issues, including hardness, iron, pH, etc. using an immediate-response test and make sure you understand all findings.
If needed, we’ll also send a water sample to the Maine State Certified Laboratory to confirm any findings and test for bacteria, viruses, and hazardous chemicals.
After your new system is in place, we’ll test your water supply again to make sure your problem is solved. It’s our way of helping you feel confident that your drinking water is safe and clean.