The issue of radon emitted from tile or countertops is not new. It has long been an issue of contention for the kitchen and bath industry, especially for manufacturers of granite products. But radon need not invade your house from building materials alone. Radon is a naturally occurring noble gas that can be found throughout the natural world – including your property.
Radon is a result of radioactive decay of uranium found in rock formations beneath buildings. It can even invade your water supply. The two most susceptible areas to radon contamination are poorly vented basements and wells drilled into deep rock.
Now, I do not want to strike fear into the heart of you. The odds are good that you won’t drop dead from radon poisoning while you’re reading this. Nevertheless, every year thousands of people die from lung cancer attributed to radon poisoning. Furthermore, readily available DIY tests to detect radon in your air and water supply are cheap and simple to use. If you prefer, you can even take water samples into local testing sites or have a professional do the job.
The EPA provides a lot of answers for home buyers and sellers regarding radon, including information on how to use test kits. You can find test kits on Amazon or a local home improvement store. Prices range anywhere from $10 to $30 depending on the type of test (e.g., water, gas, etc.). For significantly more money you can even purchase radon detectors.
The fact is radon poisoning is a rare but very real possibility. Considering the risk to family, and how cheap and easy it is, testing for radon levels seems a no brainer.