Tuesday, June 03, 2008

So, my granite countertop might be hot, what do I do?

Since my previous post on the subject, I downloaded and read Bill Llope's more detailed article on his initial findings. He puts his measurements in context to the normal level of background radiation and 'safe' levels of radon. If you prepare your food on rock, this article is a 'must read'.

My feeling is there is no reason to panic. You have already tested your house for radon, right? Barring buying a Geiger counter or hiring an expert, most people won't be able to determine where they stand. The good news is there are ways to mitigate potential problems. And these are almost always good things to do whether you have granite or not!
  1. Ventilate your house as often as possible with outside air.
  2. Get a home radon test kit.
  3. Maintain your countertops.
One other point. Typically, there is a correlation between radiation emissions and radon emanation. So it appears a radon test would be quite useful.