Lead pipes

Is it safe drinking water from lead pipes?

There are many lead pipes disadvantages. If you are like many people, you might have noticed the large plumbers who came to your house to install new plumbing lines replacing your old ones. These plumbers are the part time contractors that do not know what they are doing. It takes many years to learn how to remove lead pipes.

Lead water systems are not the only reason that flint and lead pipes are replaced. Newer homes are built with more efficient plumbing systems. One big advantage is that these newer water systems use smaller plumbing pipes. The only way to get rid of this lead poisoning source is to remove lead pipes entirely from our ground.   throughout the country most water systems require that homeowners pay for the cost of installing the lead pipes part of the system.

How do you get lead in your drinking water?

Lead pipesIt is very likely that you have some form of lead in your drinking water. Most cities and municipalities in US have a problem with contaminated water. You can expect to spend thousands of dollars on bottled water and city or county health departments will provide you with bottles of clean drinking water. The main plumbing system in your home may be the reason that the water you are drinking is contaminated. You can also expect to replace any lead pipes yourself.

The author of “Toggle caption”, a humorous book about the perils of lead pipes says that it is very likely that the US government will award the first of its kind, public health grants to any one who can prove that they have replaced old lead pipes with new ones. This would be a good thing, if you had a lead pipes replacement project under way. It is possible that the US government will award the first grant to an individual because it is a proven fact that lead poisoning is very harmful to humans. If you or someone you know has lead pipes or even believe they might have lead pipes, you should seriously consider having them replaced.

What is EPA standards for water?

The EPA has established a safe water standard, but the agency also requires companies to use their own filters to measure their products. The agency does not regulate the specific quantities or the methods companies use to measure their products. The only method they actually regulate is the maximum allowable lead content, which states that there can be no lead-based paint or ceramic glaze in pipes used to connect faucets to kitchens and bath rooms. The maximum allowable lead content for painted surfaces is five milligrams, which is fifteen times less lead than the safety standard. If you have lead-based paint or glaze in your house, you are violating the law.

You can also have lead service lines and water pipes replaced, but you do have to make sure you get this done by an experienced contractor. A plumber with past experience handling lead issues will know how to test your pipes for lead content and how to replace them once they are contaminated. There are numerous ways to test your drinking water and  pipes for lead. Your county Health Department may have information on when certain tests need to be conducted.

How are lead service lines replaced?

The only way to make sure that the lead service lines and water pipes are replaced is by using a licensed contractor. One of the best ways to ensure that you never have a lead situation in your home is by hiring a professional. If you do not hire a contractor with the proper training, license and insurance then you could have a problem on your hands. This is why you need to do your research and ask friends and family who they would recommend for plumbing services. If they did not mention a particular plumbing contractor they would likely steer you away from them.

When it comes to older homes or those that were constructed before 1978, pipes that are lead-lined may be too difficult or expensive to repair. The good news is that if you do have an old water line or old hot water line that has lead in it, then you can have it replaced with a newer more effective version. These newer pipes are made from corrosion resistant materials that don’t corrode as easily as lead pipes. Older pipes have to be replaced and the new ones will be more affordable than replacing the entire hot water system. It’s also a good idea to have your water tested from time to time so that you can be sure you are not ingesting lead if you are drinking the water.