Radon In New Hampshire's Well Water

If you get your water from an drilled well in New Hampshire, chances are there is some level of radon in your water. Radon comes from radium, a solid, radioactive element commonly found in soil and bedrock.  Radium is unstable and will continue to decay for 16 thousand years. As the radium decays, it creates radon gas.  Ground water flowing through the bedrock, into your well, can carry dissolved radon gas  into your well water supply.

 

Due to the abundance of Radium deposits within the New Hampshire soil, the question is not is there radon in the water, but is there enough radon in your well water to cause concern?

Radon is "Aquaphobic." It would rather be in the air then in the water. When you turn on the faucet, the pressurized water that flows out from the faucet is now reduced to atmospheric pressure, and the gas is released into the air- similar to what happens to the "fizz" in a bottle of soda when it is opened for the first time.

 

Good money could be poorly spent by attacking the wrong radon-entry source!  



 

"Identify the source"

 

If water can be a source for high radon levels in the air, it makes sense to identify whether the radon is coming from a soil gas entry source, under the foundation, or if it is using the water as a conduit and "off-gassing" into the air when a faucet is turned on in the house. A radon removal specialist from Advanced Radon Mitigation has the experience to help determine where the origin of the radon source is coming from, and then recommend the right system to mitigate it.


Your Radon Air & Water samples will be submitted to an independent lab for an impartial determination on how high the radon levels are, and where they are the highest. If the upper living areas show higher radon levels than the basement, it's quite possible that a radon in water aeration system will be required to lower the radon down below the recommended level.  If the test levels are found to be higher in the basement, then chances are the source is from soil-gas entry originating under the basement floor or close to the foudation footprint. In that case, it's possible that a radon in air ventilation system is all that may be needed.