Know The Risks Of Having Lead In Your Home's Water

Posted on: 8 July 2016

If your home's water has lead in it, there can be serious health risks to the children and adults living in your house. It is possible that this can happen simply due to having an outdated plumbing system that is causing lead to leach into the water supply as it is flowing through the pipes. If you have old galvanized plumbing, it is a valid reason to have your plumbing inspected and replaced. Here is some info you should know about the risks that lead can cause.

Lead Levels

If your home was built prior to 1986, the EPA says that you are more at risk of lead being in your water due to the plumbing. This is because 1986 is the year that lead was no longer used for pipes or solder when constructing a home's plumbing system. That said, even new construction is at risk of having lead in the water, with lead-free plumbing containing as much as 8% lead. Even if the plumbing is safe, water fixtures in your home that are chrome-plated can leach lead once they corode and wear away.

The only way to know for sure if you have lead in your home's water is to have your water tested by a local laboratory. Water should be tested in every faucet that you plan on drinking water from, since there could be a specific run of pipe leading to a faucet that is in worse shape than the others.

The Dangers of Lead

You may know that lead can be dangerous to have in your drinking water, but do you know the effects on your health? Children can be more prone to having problems with physical and mental development due to lead exposure, and adults can have issues with their kidneys and brains that may lead to cancer or a stroke.

Precautions To Take

If you have your water tested and it comes back positive for lead, you should take precautions to limit the lead in the water until you are able to have the problem professionally fixed. Flush out our cold water lines your water for a while before you use it when cooking or drinking. It's possible for lead levels to increase in the water as it remains stagnant in the pipe waiting to be used, so flushing it out should diminish the lead levels.

Your next steps should be to hire a plumber to fix the problems. This could involve replacing all of the plumbing in your home, or installing a water filtration system at the faucets that you use for drinking water. For more information, contact Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc or a similar company.

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