There might be traces of lead in your drinking water. Time to panic, right? Not so fast. It’s important to understand how lead gets into drinking water, what effects it might have on your body and what you can do to to avoid consuming it. Read below to find out how you can protect yourself and your family:
How Does Lead Get Into Drinking Water?
Before 1986, it was common for homes to be built with lead pipes, fixtures and solder. As water enters your home (through service pipes containing lead) it can pick up lead as pipes begin to corrode. This is especially common when water has a high acidity level or low mineral content. However, recent laws have made it illegal to build with products containing high levels of lead.
What Can Happen If You Consume Lead?
Sure, lead can be harmful to us if we consume too much of it. Young children and infants are especially vulnerable but anyone who comes in contact can become ill. Children can experience or show signs of behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems or anemia as a result of too much lead in their system. At the same time, adults can suffer from cardiovascular effects, decreased kidney function and even reproductive problems.
We recommend having your water tested. This is especially important because you cannot see, taste or smell lead dissolved in water. One of the best ways to fight back is to have water filters installed in your home and that’s where we come in!
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