When it comes to kitchen countertops in St. Louis, granite is still the gold standard. Many people can’t help but gush at the sight of a granite countertop, and a single slab of granite in the kitchen is sometimes enough to make one’s home attractive and enticing. That’s why you’re sure to see them figure prominently in real estate ads.
If you’re in the market for a granite countertop, you may have heard naysayers point out that the stone emits a radioactive gas called radon and is therefore dangerous to your health. While the first half of this statement is true, you should know that numerous studies have confirmed that granite countertops generally produce radon levels lower than the level found outdoors. An article from DecodedScience.com provides more illumination on this matter:
“You’re more likely to get high levels of radon from the soil beneath your home than from your granite countertops, according to the EPA. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) states in the Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction that in: “a small number of homes, the building materials (e.g., granite and certain concrete products) can give off radon, although building materials rarely cause radon problems by themselves. In the United States, radon gas in soils is the principal source of elevated radon levels in homes.”
The EPA also says that any radon from granite countertops in kitchens or bathrooms is likely to be “diluted in the typical home, since those rooms are usually well-ventilated.””
So there you have it—the real threat of radon exposure is more likely to be found in the dirt under and around your home, and not from a granite countertop. If you’re still worried, DecodedScience.com recommends to keep your kitchen aired out to avoid the buildup of radon gas in the air.
To learn more about high-quality granite countertops in St. Louis that your home deserves, consult with a granite expert from established companies like Granite Busters.
(Source: Radon in Granite Countertops: Is It Dangerous?, Decoded Science, May 27, 2013)