Granite countertop expert discusses radon emissions
Who we talked to
Sanel Mehic, general manager
Adriatic Granite & Marble Inc.
28147 W. Commercial Ave., Unit 5
Lake Barrington, Ill.
Sanel Mehic has managed Adriatic Granite & Marble Inc. for four years. “I’ve been in the construction industry for 12 years, so the production of granite countertops came as a natural career choice for me,” says Mehic, who previously worked in natural stone import before finding a perfect job in natural stone production with Adriatic.
“I love helping our customers with their color selections, and I love the satisfaction our end product brings them. Granite countertops are very durable, scratch resistant, heat resistant and long-lasting.”
Is there any danger of granite countertops emitting radon?
“The truth is, most granite used for granite countertops is completely safe. In fact, the primary source of radon in any home is the soil surrounding the structure, with the next largest percentage of radon coming from well water. We take the time to explain these concerns to our customers and present them with knowledgeable information on the truth about our natural stone products.”
How could the radon emissions hurt homeowners and their families?
“At elevated levels — particularly in basements where they are commonly found in the Midwest and East — radon may increase health risks if people are exposed to it over a longer period of time.”
Would you suggest regularly getting the granite checked?
“It’s not necessary. Compared to other sources of radiation — indoor and outdoor — the risk to the homeowner from radioactivity or radon gas emitting from granite countertops or tiles is practically nonexistent.”
“Still, if a homeowner is concerned about the amount of radon gases in their home, they should have the overall air quality tested by a reputable radon testing organization. In truth, it’s impossible to completely isolate ourselves from radon.”
How can homeowners keep the emission levels down?
“The most effective way of reducing the amount of radon in your home is to increase ventilation in small enclosed spaces. If homeowners are searching for a different product that’s still similar to granite countertops, they might consider soapstone or marble, which are also very durable products and equally as beautiful as granite countertops.”