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:
Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults exposed to lead can suffer from:
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.
It is common for water main breaks to occur more often over the winter months. Throughout NYC from December to February, Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer receives an increase in emergency calls regarding broken water mains due to freezing cold temperatures. Water lines tend to expand and contract which weakens the water pipes during cold temperatures. If a pipe is already weakened from corrosion, expansion and contraction would cause the pipe to crack. Read More
The last thing anyone wants to think about is their sewer. That invisible line of pipe is supposed to take away all of the waste from your home. It’s a nasty thing, and we don’t like to think about it. But when your sewer backs up frequently or your drains clog, you have to consider your sewer. It probably needs to be repaired or possibly even replaced.
If you need sewer repair or replacement, you’ve come to the right place. Read More
Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer was called in to provide emergency water line repair for over 250 plus families at 80 Gold Street. The City issued a notice on an 8 inch fire line, the line was in excess of 150 feet and goes across Gold Street from West to East, running down the sidewalk for over 100 feet before entering the building. Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer, changed 8” line and 6” fire line and 6” domestic line because of the poor existing conditions, pipe was broken in two places, Read More
At Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer, we understand that your home or business cannot function with a broken water or sewer line and we will respond quickly to correct the problem. We provide free estimates and if needed will have a proposal to you within a few hours of your call. Read More