Radon in well water: An overview of aeration treatment

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking. Yet, a considerable number of people are blatantly unaware of this radioactive gas. Radon is a tasteless and odorless gas that’s produced because of uranium decay. While airborne radon is often talked about, this harmful gas can also contaminate groundwater. If you are someone who drinks or uses well water, you may want to get your water tested for radon levels. You can learn more here about radon in your water. Aeration treatment is one of the two recommended ways by the EPA for reducing/removing radon from water. Here is an overview of how this treatment works. 

How often should you get well water tested?

You cannot smell or taste radon, and that’s often a reason to get tests done periodically. There are some amazing services that offer radon testing at affordable prices, and if the levels are higher than usual, treatments like aeration systems can be recommended. In general, well water should be tested for radon at least once every two years. Note that it is possible to find radon in water in almost any state, region, or area of the US. 

How does the aeration system work?

The aeration system has an efficiency rate up to 99%. For this, the water is mixed with air, and the air is then vented out, which gets rid of radon. While aeration units are highly useful and effective, it is important to check if the water has other contaminants, which can eventually clog the system. If your well water has iron, manganese and other contaminants, the water must be treated first, before it gets into the aeration unit. The basic function of the aeration unit is to agitate the water, which causes radon to escape through a vent. Basically, the radioactive gas is removed through aeration of the water source. 

How much does aeration treatment cost?

The cost of aeration treatment depends on the type of unit being used, and if additional products are needed for filtration of water. Check with a local service to know more on aeration treatment, and radon mitigators would be usually happy to offer an estimate in advance. Make sure that you check the overall use and warranty of the unit, before investing in an aeration treatment system. 

Do not delay in calling radon mitigation services to test your water sources for radon.