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The Airwell – How To Remove Radon From Your Well
By Mike Holmes
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 @ 10:01am
I’ve always been a big believer in testing your home for radon. If you’ve been paying close attention to Holmes And Holmes, you’ll know that we test every single one of our projects for radon gas. As the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smoking Canadians, it’s important to me, that we take steps to mitigate this potentially deadly gas.
I always knew we needed to test the air in our homes for radon, but when David from Radon Environmental Management Corp told me that well water could also be an entry point for radon, I was shocked! Not only was our country house running on a well system, my own house is on a well supply, too!
Knowing that, we had our inspectors test the well water at our country home, and it tested positive for elevated levels of radon. My son and I know how to incorporate a mitigation system when radon gas seeps in through our basement slab, but what do you do about your well water?
Understand Radon In Your Well Water
When radon enters your water supply, you need to find a way to get it out.
Did You Know?
When radon gas dissolves into well water, every time you shower, wash clothes, or even run the tap, you’re releasing this gas into your home. Not to mention, even drinking this contaminated water could lead to higher instances of stomach cancer.
The Airwell is a new technology from Radon Environmental Management Corp designed to mitigate radon in your well water. Most mitigation units treat the water once it enters your home – the Airwell is different because it mitigates the radon right in the well, before it enters your pipes.
How does it work? It’s pretty simple. A steady source of air is provided in an aeration tube that extends all the way to the bottom of the well. This air injection lifts the water column in the tube to pour an aerated flow of water onto the top of the water level of the well itself. In a few hours all the water in the well will have passed through the aeration cycle several times as water is drawn from the bottom of the well and returned to the top.
The injected air strips previously trapped gases out of the water. Aeration is one of the simplest, chemical-free procedures for stripping radon from your water – and if your well water had access to an air source, it’s a process that would often happen naturally. All the Airwell does is restore air access to the water. It’s easy, it’s natural, and if I’m using well water, I want this as part of my system.