“Selling Your Home Is Not The Time To Find Out You Have a Radon Problem” is the title of an earlier post shared on this page from the Maine Radon Page. However, many home sellers in southern and western Maine are finding out that they have also had arsenic and uranium problems as well.
Up until a few years ago, testing for uranium in your drinking water was not an option for many home buyers as the only lab capable of testing for uranium was the state lab. Unfortunately it took 2 weeks to get the results and that didn’t work very well for the real estate buying and selling cycle.
Local labs now have the capability of testing for uranium and getting the results back in 2 or 3 days. So now home inspectors have added testing uranium to their repertoire of services and surprise… uranium is showing up at an alarming frequency. Actually it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise as radon is a product of the radioactive decay of uranium and most people know that high levels of radon are pretty common in southern and western Maine.
The health effects of drinking too much water with high levels of uranium are changes to the kidneys that cause them to work in the wrong way. So getting your water tested for arsenic and uranium is highly recommended. Here’s the link to Maine’s tipsheet on uranium in water: