The problem with Granite countertops
Aside from the beauty and durability of granite, countertops made from this component have side effects. These pricey and popular kitchen placements can also pose a great health risk.
The most concerning issue happens when the countertops fail to be properly sealed or when the sealant wears off without getting resealed.
You are probably as shocked as I was when this popped up during my research. Granite is a hardwearing stone that looks great once used for flooring, wall cladding or as countertops. When polished to a mirror finish, it is easy to clean and less likely to stain, in comparison with marble. These unique factors have made it common in many modern kitchens. Well, apparently these granite counter tops emit very high levels of radon which is a radioactive gas that is believed to increase the likelihood of cancer! It is a decay product of radium that is derived as soon as the uranium and thorium in bedrocks decay. Radon, as a gas, is colorless and odorless, which makes it impossible to detect with our senses.
When emitted by the granite within homes, it remains close to the ground and accumulates, steadily releasing radioactive daughter elements and ionizing radiation. According to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Finally, It is also believed that not every type of granite is harmful, so, testing for radon gas is the only known way to detect its presence. Reducing the use of granite and providing active ventilation in the areas it is used may help cut down the likelihood of exposure.