Read this article about granite and radiation at Inhabitat.
Is it true, radon from granite countertops can make you sick?
Here are the facts about granite countertops along with the myths and rumors . . . I deal with these half-
Much of it comes from those companies that compete with the natural stone market.
Surface material manufacturers are typically very large corporations with the ability and resources to send negative press freely through the industry.
Much of my time is spent educating (or re-
I see benefits in both, yet I don’t have a vested interest in either. Because of this, I’m willing to share facts with customers and let them decide which they prefer.
For the record, every top in my own home is made of natural stone because I know how it performs and love interesting patterns and the rich look.
Radon in granite
Does granite emit radon gas? Is there radon in granite countertops? The EPA says, “While natural minerals such as granite may occasionally emit radon gas, the levels of radon attributable to such sources are not typically high.”
Actually, findings consistently show that granite poses no health risk in the home.
Consumer Reports, America’s protection watch dog, conducted its own tests on radon emission.
Again, they found no evidence that granite counter tops pose a health risk. None of their samples showed any radon from granite tops at all.
Check out the EPA’s findings and decide for yourself. Here’s their statement:
“While natural minerals such as granite may occasionally emit radon gas, the levels of radon attributable to such sources are not typically high,” the EPA statement said. “EPA believes the principal source of radon in homes is soil gas that is drawn indoors through a natural suction process.”
“Granite is a natural mineral formed by earth’s geology,” the statement continues. “It is mined and used to produce commercial products such as countertops. It is possible for any granite sample to contain varying concentrations of uranium that can produce radon gas. Some granite used in countertops may contribute variably to indoor radon levels. However, EPA has no reliable data to conclude that types of granite used in countertops are significantly increasing indoor radon levels.”
Here’s the EPA’s publication Consumers Guide to Radon Reduction. For the complete source, here is the entire coverage by the EPA on What About Radon in Granite Countertops.
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Does natural granite harbor dangerous bacteria that will make you sick? Granite bacteria has received much attention. Again, nothing supports this claim except tests conducted by competitors of natural stone.
I have seen test results that compare various surfaces including stainless steel and granite was shown to be cleaner than stainless. Rest assured you have no risk of getting sick from bacteria in your granite countertop.
You do need to wipe up spills and clean your granite with non-
Now I am a fan of cleaning with ultraviolet light –
Will granite crack?
Our customers regularly place hot pans on their granite. It does not hurt it or crack it. Granite withstands heat better than almost any surface. It can crack from from objects hitting it. But granite crack repair is possible –
Do I need to seal my natural granite tops every 6 months with chemicals?
Years ago, stone countertop fabricators used cheap sealers and told customers to reapply every 6 months. Instead of helping, this actually created a build up on the stone. Today sealers are so much better that many offer 10 year, 15 year, or lifetime sealing warranty from one application.
You do not have to reseal your granite for years to come. Also, keep in mind that some granite is so dense that it won’t even absorb sealer and it is not needed. Many black stones have this density. For more on sealing granite, see Expert Granite Sealing.
Other Granite Resources
Learn more from the experts at these sites: Marble Institute of America and StoneAdvice.com. And don’t worry about radon from granite countertops. It’s unfounded.
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