Surface Encounters Macomb County Puts Consumers at Ease Regarding Radon in Granite Countertops

The EPA has no reliable data to conclude that granite countertops are increasing indoor radon levels
Jan. 13, 2010 - PRLog -- Macomb, MI – Surface Encounters of Macomb County recently released a report to put consumers at ease regarding the danger of radon exposure from granite countertops.  

Radon is a radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless.  It is formed by the breakdown of uranium, a natural radioactive material found in soil, rock and groundwater.  When radon escapes from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted to low concentrations and is not a concern; however, in an enclosed space it can accumulate to high levels and break down to form additional radioactive particles called progeny that can contaminate the air you breathe.

Customers who visit Surface Encounters often ask about the possibility of radon exposure from granite countertops.  Some believe that certain colors of granite pose more of a threat than others.  Others believe that granite countertops can contain “hot-spots” that emit life threatening levels of radon.

Sal Dellacasa, store manager, said, “Granite countertops have been a very popular addition to homes since the 1990’s.  If any reputable studies showed that they were a serious health threat, then they would have either been outlawed by now or necessary steps would be taken to cure the problem.”

Sal Dellacasa believes that some of the reports that have been published were later proven to be marketing scams by companies who sell synthetic products rather than natural stone.  “The hype and panic caused by this competitive marketing has proven to be more harmful than the threat they are claiming against granite being used in homes,” said Dellacasa.

According to the EPA, “There is radiation all around us and we need to be aware of the various sources--when to be concerned and how to protect ourselves from harmful exposure.  Radiation has been part of the earth since the beginning of time.  Construction materials such as concrete, cinder blocks, bricks, and granite contain small amounts of radioactive materials that are found naturally in the materials used to make them.”  These quotes were taken from the web page at

Though there have been many reports to generate concern, studies have failed to produce evidence that granite countertops pose a significant health risk.  Read the complete report at
Surface Encounters is improving the world one surface at a time; their customers include homeowners, architects, interior designers, kitchen/bath retailers, builders and remodelers in Wixom and Macomb Michigan.  Visit to learn more.


Surface Encounters
Chuck Russo
16280 23 Mile Road
Macomb, MI  48044

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