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As soon as I purchased my first home, I realized that it was going to be difficult to take care of all of the appliances. I was worried that some components would fail or that others would simply suffer from neglect. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do in order to avoid these types of problems. To ward off my worries, I decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor who could help. I was able to find an incredible business in my area who really cared about their products and services. They taught me how to look for problems and how to troubleshoot a lagging system. Check out this blog for more information about protecting your HVAC system.


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Avoiding Your Own Private Flint Lead Water Crisis

Ricardo Sanchez

The emergency water situation in Flint, Michigan has illustrated the dangers that lead contamination can cause in a population. While these types of severe contamination risks are rare, it's still possible that you might have lead in your water. Understanding this danger can help keep you and your family safe from the problems plaguing the poor citizens of Flint.

How Does Lead Get Into Drinking Water?

The major cause of lead contamination is piping installed earlier than the 1980's. These old piping systems use lead in a small way (as a solder between cooper pipes) and many cities across the country still possess a system that is filled with lead.

The lead in these soldering joints is prone to being worn away through dissolved oxygen creating an abrasive mixture with other metals in the pipe. And as these solders wear down, lead is introduced into your pipes.

What Problems Does Lead Cause?

Too much lead in your water can lead to a condition called lead poisoning. This problem causes a wide range of dangerous symptoms, including:

  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Bowel trouble
  • Poor appetite
  • Fatigue and anger
  • Problems with the kidney
  • High blood pressure
  • Numbness

The scariest problems occur in children who suffer from lead poisoning: it can actually slow their cognitive development and even cause severe and irreversible brain damage. Shockingly, more than one million kids in America are lead poisoned.

Can You Detect Lead In Your Water?

Lead is odorless and tasteless, but you can test your water for lead using this simple process:

  • Pour water into a cup
  • Let it sit for a few minutes
  • Dump it out
  • Rub the still damp side of the cup with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol
  • Wait for the alcohol to dry
  • Mix lead indicator (purchased at a hardware) with a drop of vinegar
  • Swap this mixture on the area you cleaned with rubbing alcohol

If there is any lead present in your water, you should see a red or pink color develop on the swab over a period of several minutes.

What Steps Can You Take To Clean Lead?

Some people fix this problem by completely re-piping their home with non-lead pipes. This is a good option if you have some money to spend, as it can cost between $1,500-$15,000 to fully re-pipe a home.

However, you can also add a filter system to your home water supply to eliminate lead. Processes like reverse osmosis are a great option. Some people utilize mixtures to lower the acidity level of their water, which decreases the lead being worn off in the pipes.

Now that you better understand lead in your water, you can take steps to eliminate it from your life forever. Although the previously mentioned full-pipe replacement may seem costly, it may be worth it to know that your water is safe from lead. Contact a plumber in your area for more information.