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In Santa Catarina TX, radon gas can be found in both air and water. Uranium, a common mineral throughout the earth’s crust and within Santa Catarina Texas soil, is a radioactive element that exists in the form of three unstable isotopes. These isotopes emit radioactive alpha particles and can contribute to the existence of radon gas in adjacent air and water supplies. Uranium is problematic in areas high in granite and shale. Many areas within the United States are at risk for high radon levels in the home (including both airborne and waterborne exposures.) Parts of Santa Catarina TX fall within the “moderate risk” radon zone so all homes should be considered to have some level of risk. Testing for the gas is the only way to know if there is a problem with the air and/or water supply.


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In order to understand how radon in water is corrected, you need to understand the source of the problem. Within the soil and rock of the Earth, minerals including uranium are constantly changing form via the decay process. The end result of uranium’s radioactive decay is lead, a nonradioactive element. Unfortunately, radioactive radon is a byproduct of uranium decay. It is a radioactive gas present in the soil, in the water, and in the air and can pose serious health risk when it accumulates inside Santa Catarina TX buildings. Even though it loses half of its radioactivity in 3.8 days, it may accumulate in closed spaces, affecting human health through its carcinogenic actions (emission of alpha particles). Radon enters and concentrates in closed habitable living space by outgassing from construction materials, soil around and beneath the structure, or from water entering through plumbing or ground-water penetration through the floor or foundation. Radon gas is a common problem in Santa Catarina and throughout areas of Starr County, Texas.

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Santa Catarina, 78582 Waterborne Radon

Drinking water (also known as “potable water”) is the main focus for waterborne radon mitigation. In Santa Catarina TX, drinking water obtained from surface water sources (e.g., rivers, lakes, streams, etc.), generally is not at risk for high levels of radon since radon readily is dissipated by moving air at the earth’s surface. Radon at the earth’s surface and open to the flow of wind or breeze is diluted, and concentration levels are reduced to insignificant levels in the aeration process. Water from non-surface sources (e.g., wells, free flowing springs, subterranean aquifers, etc.) in Santa Catarina TX may be a different story. The EPA has proposed “safe levels” for waterborne radon, suggesting that levels should be less than 4,000 pCi/L at point of entry for community water systems and 300 pCi/L at the home reception level.

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Avdoia granulated activated carbon

It has proposed no target level for homes with private wells in Santa Catarina Texas or nationally. Now let’s discuss radon mitigation strategies for homes and other buildings: Several control strategies to remove, reduce, or purify radon-contaminated water may be implemented to control radon levels in water. These are the most common approaches for treating waterborne radon in Santa Catarina TX: Granular activated carbon GAC attracts radon to its surface where alpha particles are released from the radon capture site. This filtration operation reduces radon levels in water exiting the filter (located at water entry into the home) to less than five percent of untreated water. This filter system requires only a few moving parts, a minimal active mechanism, and boasts a long life within the Santa Catarina Texas home. The GAC does concentrate radioactivity over time and requires filter disposal precautions.

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Radon Aerator Santa Catarina, TX

Aeration systems dilute the level of radon in the water by actively moving air across the surface or through the interior of the water and venting the “loaded, polluted air” into the atmosphere, usually above the Santa Catarina TX building’s roof. Typically an aerator diffuser sited within a water storage tank will aerate by bubbling air into the water. Bubbles attach to the radon and exit the tank with their radon load to roof-top venting. Removal technology may leave only one percent of the radon behind. The bubbler may be coupled with a misting nozzle atop water in the tank, further optimizing the system. This type of system has no disposal issues for the Santa Catarina TX homeowner.

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