In most city water supplies, lead levels in drinking water are generally not a concern. However, millions of homes in the US still have lead plumbing pipes. Moreover, some non-reputable plumbers still use lead-based solder to connect water pipes in their homes. These facts can trigger concerns about lead contamination in some homes’ drinking water.
Lead Exposure Health Issues
Why are elevated levels in-home drinking water a concern? When people, especially pregnant mothers and young children, unwittingly ingest lead, fetuses can experience brain damage, and infants and young children can be developmentally delayed and lose their hearing. But, of course, a one-time exposure is not as concerning as the cumulative effects of prolonged exposure in drinking water that does harm.
Adults can also experience a host of adverse health effects from prolonged consumption in drinking water. For example, prolonged consumption can result in high blood pressure, kidney damage, anemia, digestive problems, joint pain, headaches, and other symptoms.
What You Can Do
The current safe governmental limit under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act of lead in drinking water in the US is 15 ppb (15 parts of lead per billion). You do not want your levels to exceed this.
The first step to dealing with lead in your drinking water is to assess your water. You can purchase various water testing kits at your local store; however, having the water tested by a professional company is highly recommended.
If the water test is over the limit, you will want to invest in an efficient way to decrease these levels.
Reduce or Eliminate The High Levels In Your Water
According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, there is no threshold value below which lead exposure can be considered safe. Therefore, hiring a professional plumbing company is critical to provide the necessary plumbing methods to lower or eliminate the high levels in your drinking water. This can be done in several ways; for example, an RO or reverse osmosis water filter may do the job. You must take the advice from a reputable and expert plumbing company to ensure your safety.
All A’s Plumbing and Heating can help you decrease or eliminate the high levels of lead in your drinking water. Contact us today so we can discuss your lead problems and address them with the proper filtration methods.