Lead in Your Household Drinking Water?

Howdy there! Plunger the dog, back talk to you about the potential of lead in your drinking water. While we’ve all been busy enjoying our summer and drinking more water to stay hydrated in the hot Texas weather, it’s important to stop and take a moment to talk about the potential of lead in our drinking water. If your house has an older plumbing system, there’s an increased risk that your drinking water contains lead. Lead in water can cause serious health issues, for both children and adults, and I want my owners to be as happy and as healthy as can be, so it’s essential the problem is addressed before my humans fall ill.

How do I know if I have lead in my water?

If your fixtures are less than five years old, or your home was constructed prior to 1986, it’s suggested to check your lead levels. If your pipes were installed before 1930, it’s possible they are made out of lead. Did you know that lead has only been banned from household fixtures for the last three decades? Even with the recent regulations, it’s possible for brass and chrome-plated fixtures to release lead into your water, especially new ones. After five years of use or more, the danger of lead in the water spikes.

To determine if your plumbing is releasing lead into your water supply, your utility provider or local government agency can direct you towards a water testing lab. Water from each individual faucet and outlet should be tested, as lead may come from some pipes, but not others. Your doctor can run tests to find if your family’s blood-lead levels are high.

How does lead affect us?

Lead is more harmful to children, but can still cause problems in adults as well. Children exposed to high amounts of lead can have problems with their mental and physical development. Adults may experience brain and kidney issues, and in some cases, lead has been linked to cancer and strokes. Fetuses are vulnerable to contamination, so women who are pregnant must be especially cautious about lead exposure.

How do I get rid of the lead?

If the lead in your water affects fixtures from which you get your drinking water, you can lessen the exposure of lead by drinking only cold water, as lead dissolves more quickly in hot water. Run water down the drain before use, lead can build up over time and this will help clean out any lead that has accumulated.

There are permanent solutions through filters and various products that can work to reduce the amount of lead contamination in your water. If your house’s plumbing system is aged and pipes are made out of actual lead, then replacing the entire system should be considered.

Contact your trusted Texas Plumbers, Dial 1 Johnson Plumbing, if you have any questions or concerns about the plumbing in your house. We can help the residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area determine if your pipes are made out of lead and can do a full system replace if needed.