Should You Be Concerned about Radon in Granite Countertops?

As technology improves, testing methods for harmful elements in our environment become more sophisticated. This, in turn, leads to more alarming finds about materials we interact with on a daily basis. However, while tests and studies provide data, it’s the interpretation of those results that often causes unnecessary panic. One great example is the discovery of radon emittance from granite countertops. If you’re considering buying granite kitchen countertops in Deltona, FL, but have concerns about radon exposure, this article will help clear up the confusion.

How Dangerous Are Granite Countertops?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is a colorless, odorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of rocks, dirt, and other stones.  Anything that comes from the earth may produce trace amounts of naturally occurring elements such as radon.  Even the potatoes in your fridge produce measurable amounts of radon (parts per billion).  While excessive exposure to radon has been known to cause cancer, the amount found in granite countertops (and potatoes) is miniscule, not enough to be of any consequence. In fact, the EPA stated that you should be more concerned with radon originating from the soil beneath your home than from granite countertops.  

Being worried about granite is a little bit like being afraid of dirt. 

Granite countertops in Deltona, FL, are typically installed in kitchens and bathrooms that are usually well ventilated, which also lessens the risk of radon building up in your home. 

Some people tend to believe everything they read, especially when it comes to health facts. The problem is that today, you can find hazardous information on anything from cellphones to hotdogs and even dirt.  Unfortunately there is a variety of misleading information online, but the bottom line is:  Granite counter tops present no danger to you, or your loved ones.

For those of you who want to know more about this issue, simply reach out to the pros at Saw Tech Countertops and we can fill in the blanks.