There are many reports available about lead pipes and the one constant in all of them is that they are dangerous. However, not all of these reports provide a method to identify these dangers in the home.
If you had a ticking time bomb in the home, wouldn’t you like to be able to identify it and dispose of it?
This article is going to show you how to do just that as a means of protecting yourself, family, and friends.
Lead piping can be found in multiple areas of the residence including the service line, the actual faucet, even the solder that was used to connect the pipes. With so many possibilities it would seem like an impossible mission to find the source and location of lead in any property.
If you have no filters on any of your water lines and are drinking directly from the tap, this could be cause for serious health concerns.
Lead has the ability to affect IQ, lower attention spans, and even distort academic achievement levels in young children. Not to mention the damage it can do to an unborn child and mother, even in the lowest of amounts.
Now that we understand just how dangerous these pipes can be, let’s look at the first process of learning to identify them.
It is best to begin at the lowest point in the property, which would usually be the basement and look for the beginning of the supply line. The first step is to look at the coloring, if it is a dark gray matter, your odds of having lead piping in the home are rather large. You may also want to do a quick scratch of the pipe to ensure it is just not dirty, many times you just may have dirty copper piping.
If you do that same scratch test with a lead pipe, it is going to be much softer and turn shiny. You can also use a magnet to determine if you have a lead pipe. Magnets will not stick to lead, only galvanized steel pipes.
Keep in mind, you will want to check as much of the pipe as possible. Throughout the property’s history, lines may have been replaced in sections. In addition, you should call the town to find out what type of line is running from the curb to the house to rule out lead from an outside source.
If you believe there is lead in your water or you have already tested there are some things you can do to protect yourself and family until the situation can be fixed.
One of the best things you can do is to let the water run for at least 60 seconds before using it for cooking or drinking.
If you were unable to find any lead pipes throughout the house, you may want to start with the replacement of the faucet units. This is going to be much less expensive and lets you rule out the simpler options.
Of course, for added protection, it is best to add a water filtration system that will help to remove any lead from the drinking water.
As you can see, lead pipes can be very dangerous, but they do not have to ruin your life. Do a simple check of the piping in the house and if you are still concerned either replace the pipes or add a filter. Hopefully, this article will help you deal with a lead situation in your home.