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Does Granite Emit Radon Gas?

July 27th, 2010

Gieco Commercial Guy

Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?

You’ve probably seen the Geico commercial and if you haven’t click on the image. Long story short…Yes, it is fact that granite does emit radon. However, the amount emitted is very small.

The Environmentally Protection Agency (EPA) has stated,  “You are far more likely to have a fatal fall from bed than to develop a health problem related to radon in granite countertops.” In most cases, studies have shown that high concentrations of radon found in kitchens has been due to extra high levels of radon gas being found in the basement, the leading place radon is found.

In reality, excess radon gas is seeping from the foundation and soil underneath of the home, not the countertops. To test for radon gasses you can buy a test kit at most box stores for less that $30.00. It is always wise to have your home tested for radon. If you find high levels you can have radon extracted from your home at a reasonable cost. Graniteworks stands behind all of our slabs, helping customers with any problems, and claiming harmful levels of radon gasses will not be emitted for the slabs alone.

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