A naturally occurring gas produced by the decay of uranium in rocks and soil, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It is odorless, colorless and tasteless. When released into the atmosphere as rocks decay, radon is harmless. But when trapped inside a building or house (usually in basements or crawl spaces), it can lead to lung cancer, a disease that kills 20,000 Americans each year.
Since granite is mined from the earth, which contains radium and other radioactive materials, is it possible for granite to leak radon even after they have been installed in your house? Can granite countertops endanger the health and lives of the people living in your home?
What the Experts Say
There are reports of isolated cases when high levels of radon have been detected in a few kitchens where granite countertops have been installed. But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a statement assuring consumers that the claim of granite countertops as a source of radon is not supported by evidence. This statement was issued by the EPA after an exhaustive review of various test data submitted by manufacturers.
Additionally, the president of a radon mitigation company in Pennsylvania (WPB Enterprises) has gone on record as saying that “very few granite countertops pose a real threat” to the lives and health of people living in houses where they can be found.
A simple home testing kit can detect even trace amounts of radon in your house. You can test your granite countertops for your own peace of mind. The safety limit set by the EPA for radon is four picocuries per liter of air. If your kitchen tests higher than this, call a specialist to find out about your options.
A Durable and Safe Choice
Natural stones such as granite and marble are incredibly durable. Once treated and installed properly, they can withstand exposure to wind, water, heat and cold without sustaining significant damage. This is why they are a popular choice among homeowners for kitchen and bath counters in many houses across the country.
Here at Premier Surfaces, we offer our customers high-quality, expertly selected granite countertops. We are the only countertop fabrication company in Georgia that enjoys the accreditation of the Marble Institute of America. Aside from our extensive inventory of beautiful top-of-the-line countertop materials, our expert installers make sure that your countertop is set up in your home professionally and efficiently. Come to us for an unmatched assortment of granite countertops.