How Does Lead Get into Drinking Water?
How Lead Gets Into Tap Water
Your home doesn’t have to be equipped with lead pipelines for your water to be contaminated. Brass or chrome-plated brass faucets, galvanized iron pipes, or any plumbing that is soldered with lead, can pose a hazard to your drinking water. Pipe corrosion can also bring lead into your pipes. According to the CDC, the amount of lead in your water may depend on the following factors:
- Water alkalinity or acidity
- Amounts and types of minerals in the water
- Water temperature
- Wear and tear of pipes
- How long water is sitting in the pipes
- Pipe scales and coating
How to Reduce Your Exposure to Lead in Your Drinking Water
Your main concern is the safety of your family and pets when it comes to the water you drink. Here are some tips on how you can reduce lead exposure in your drinking water:
- Run water through a filtration system
- Flush water by running it on cold for 1 to 2 minutes
- Drink bottled water – if you have serious concerns of lead in your pipes, drink bottled water until you ensure your water is safe for consumption.
Contact a Professional Plumber Today
If you fear you may have issues with lead in your plumbing system, we can help. Call or schedule an appointment online with AAA Service today. Our professional plumbers will assess the problem and help you decide the most cost-effective and best plan of action to help you get safe drinking water.