Wate-related Lead Health Risks And Possible Plumbing Concerns

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The hidden dangers of lead in our plumbing pipes can create serious medical issues in both adults and children. If the plumbing system in your home is outdated, then it's possible that the tap water you consume may contain lead. For this reason, it is essential that you have your pipes inspected and repaired or replaced if necessary.

Provided below are some basic information about lead in your water and possible solutions to minimize the amount flowing through your pipes and plumbing fixtures.  

Lead Levels

According to research conducted by the EPA, homes built before 1986, or that are equipped with plumbing fixtures less than five years old, should have their lead levels checked. In addition, it's possible that the pipes in older homes that have not been upgraded could be made of materials that contain lead. Newer fixtures made of brass and chrome-plated fixtures can also increase the amount of lead in your water once they start to corrode or wear away.

In order to find out if there are possible hidden lead dangers associated with your plumbing, consider having the water tested in a laboratory. The water in each faucet should be tested because there may be different pipes associated with each one. If it has been determined that your family has been exposed to lead, have the doctor check the blood-level of each member of your home. In addition, you should have the new "lead-free" faucets installed, which contain materials such as bismuth, silicon, selenium, and phosphorus.

Effects Of Lead In Your Water

Most parents understand that lead is dangerous to young children but they don't know the severity of how lead can affect overall health. In addition, lead dangers for adults are also not well known. If children are exposed to hazardous lead material, it's possible that their mental and physical development skills may be delayed. Adults are subject to physical problems associated with their brain and kidneys, which can lead to a stroke or even cancer.

If tests prove that there is lead in your water, there are ways to minimize the amount of lead within your faucet until you can have it fixed. The cold water pipes should be flushed out by running water through the pipes before using it for drinking or cooking. This will ensure that any standing water, which may have become contaminated with lead while sitting in your pipes runs out. However, it is essential to understand that this is not a permanent solution and you should have a plumbing contractor fix any known issues as soon as possible. 

In order to be proactive and reduce your chances of possible lead contamination, consider consulting with a plumbing contractor or contact a company like Central Plumbing Specialties. The contractor can check over your pipes and plumbing fixtures to determine if they should be replaced before a problem arises.

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