- Aug 3, 2019
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My former home in CT had radon in the water, but not in the air. I lived in that house for 40 years. There was no such thing as a radon test in 1977. I really don't think they knew much about it back then. There was a lot of ledge and rocks in the yard, and we had a well which is how it seeps into the water. I drank, showered and used that water for 40 years. Luckily so far, I don't have cancer, but that's not to say I won't get it in the future.This was the first thing what came up in my mind too while reading that.
But upon reading up about radon I realized that many people are living (with and without cancer) in Colorado and in and around the Rocky Mountains and other states where radon is potentially high and this is something which provided some safety measures and adjustments is manageable inside the home. But it definitely must be checked. Even in the country I live in there is the same problem in a region and there are many people living there. The government here goes to those homes for free upon request to check the levels and they are proposing measures in light of the results.
I believe the UV exposure is because of the higher altitude. I don’t like snow and skiing, but my friends who are going to ski they always come back with a serious tan from whichever mountains they went to. Just use protection all the time and this still doesn’t make the mountains unhealthy.
There is also something we don’t exactly know which is when they bought the house. I think we heard SM’s cancer came back before the move to Colorado but we don’t know if they already owned the house or not. We also don’t know if they were measuring the radon levels in their home or if they did or planned to make some adjustments in the house. It would indeed be interesting to know if they knew about this. Maybe someone from the RE sector would know if this is obligatory to tell, although this is not only a problem of their property.
Lastly if those hazards in open air would really adversely affect the population living there, I think there wouldn’t be many people around there anymore. The radon problem exists in Denver too for instance.
There is radon induced lung cancer for sure, so monitoring the levels of it seems logical to me and hopefully BM made sure of that in order to keep everybody living there healthy. What I read about it is that it seems to be concentrated in basements but I’m not an expert by any means.
When the house was sold, we had a tank installed that bypassed the radon in the water. Radon testing is a law in CT now when a house is up for sale.
It's hard for me to believe the air test was negative, but the water test was positive.