We’ve all got enough problems to worry about on a daily basis — drinking water shouldn’t be one of them. However, lots of homes have contaminated water and ingesting it can cause some serious issues. So, how can you keep lead out of your home’s water supply, or at the very least, out of your home’s plumbing fixtures? Find out below!
The number one contributor of lead in drinking water is corroded plumbing materials. Any pipes or other plumbing materials (faucets and fixtures) that contain lead, can quickly contaminate drinking water as they corrode.
Generally, lead pipes and plumbing supplies are found in older cities and in homes that were built before 1986. However, lead isn’t the only contributor to contaminated water — brass and chrome fixtures with lead soldering can be just as bad.
There are a number of things you can do if you suspect there is lead in your home’s water. For starters, use only cold water for drinking and cooking. Unfortunately, boiling water does not remove lead. We also suggest flushing pipes by running water for a few seconds before drinking, taking a shower or doing laundry.
It’s also important to clean your faucet’s screen, or aerator, regularly. You may also want to consider a more permanent filtration device, or a whole-home water filtration system.
Additionally, keep a close eye on older pipes and plumbing fixtures. If you notice any corrosion or rust, call on an expert plumber right away to assess the situation.
Water filtration systems are a great way to improve the overall quality of your home’s tap water. These systems are designed to filter out harmful particles and contaminants, leading to better-tasting, cleaner drinking water and many other positive effects. If you’re interested in water filtration system installation or you have an existing system that needs service, contact the home service heroes at Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.