Have you heard there is radon in granite? Is that deterring you from getting these countertops in your home? Are you worried that they will make your family sick? You will be happy to know that granite is completely safe for your home.
Bill Brodhead, President of WPB Enterprise, a Pennsylvania radon mitigation company says, “Very few granite countertops pose a real threat.” Here is why:
A significant amount of radon is not likely to escape from the countertops, causing problems in a home. This is because granite is not very porous, like other stones, and will not let too much of the radon out into the air surrounding it. Large amounts of granite are not placed in most single-family homes, making the amount of radon non-harmful. If a large amount of granite is added into the home it is done in one room. Either the bathroom or kitchen, where there is adequate ventilation, reducing the risk.
There is actually a greater risk of radon from the soil under a home or from well water that can be used in the home than there is from the countertops. Gas moves up from the ground and into the home from cracks, gaps, and other holes in the foundation. These are also only trace amounts, not enough to be harmful to the human body.
Other products that can contain radiation and the same radon gas that is in granite are:
- clay bricks
- concrete products
- most non-plastic plates and dishes
- natural gas
- phosphate fertilizers
- vegetables or anything growing in fertilizer
- glass made using silica, such as wine glasses, eye glasses and many other glass products
So, you can see radon is found all over your home. The only reason that you hear about it in granite is because there are more and more granite countertops installed in homes. This is for good reason too! Granite countertops are stunning and make any kitchen look complete. Now that you see you already safely live with radon, you can have peace of mind knowing that your new granite countertops will not be harmful to your health.