How Lead Gets into Drinking Water
Lead can enter drinking water when plumbing materials that contain lead corrode, especially where the water has high acidity or low mineral content that corrodes pipes and fixtures. The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, faucets, and fixtures. In homes with lead pipes that connect the home to the water main, also known as lead services lines, these pipes are typically the most significant source of lead in the water. Lead pipes are more likely to be found in older cities and homes built before 1986. Among homes without lead service lines, the most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and plumbing with lead solder.
EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agree that there is no known safe level of lead in a child’s blood. Lead is harmful to health, especially for children.
Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in:
- Behavior and learning problems
- Lower IQ and hyperactivity
- Slowed growth
- Hearing problems
Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults exposed to lead can suffer from:
- Cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure and incidence of hypertension
- Decreased kidney function
- Reproductive problems (in both men and women)
Repairing a Lead Water Line is Always a Bad Idea
It is never a good idea to try and repair old lead water mains. As lead pipes age, they become susceptible to hairline cracks. This is particularly true when the pipe moves, as it inevitably would during a repair attempt. Whether immediately or at some point in the near future, those hairline cracks will leak. At that point, the difficulty and expense of the repairs may increase substantially.
Don’t risk your health and the health of others. Instead, have your lead water lines replaced with safer and more reliable materials. We can even replace your lead water main. This is essential since the NYC DEP does not allow repairs of any kind on lead water mains; city code requires a complete replacement, instead.
“A new service pipe must be installed where more than one-half (1/2) of an existing service pipe is in need of a repair or when any repairs are required and the existing service pipe is lead, galvanized steel or galvanized iron.”–
If you suspect your water lines contain lead, contact Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer today at 718-852-8700 . We are your sewer and water main specialists. Trust Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer to help you replace your lead water mains with a safe copper water main. In addition, we are perfectly capable of determining if your existing water service line is in fact lead. If you suspect your water service line is lead, call us anytime and we will determine if your water line needs replacement.