Today’s topic is designed to make you aware of the troubles of lead poisoning that might be possibly included in your residential drinking water. Despite measures to decrease the population to lead found in tap water over the past 20 years, lead has still been traced back to metal water taps, pipes in the home, or even water mains from the city. Lead is poisonous, and the accumulation in the blood can cause damage to your brain and kidneys. Children are at the greatest risk of lead poisoning and we will tell you more about how you can go about finding out if there is lead in your water supply at the end of the article.
Infants and pregnant women can be affected by lead in the drinking water as well. Formula bottles prepared with drinking water contaminated with lead can greatly impact the harmful effect on the infant due to their small body size. The blood levels of lead in pregnant women are regularly measured during doctor visits to avoid the lead harming the undeveloped fetus. Children are also greatly affected by lead in the drinking water, especially since their bodies are still developing. Since lead cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled from the drinking water itself, there isn’t a chance they will be bringing you their cup saying something seems funny.
If you are concerned your home might be at risk, you can ask your water provider for the answer. Public water systems usually have information regarding lead concerns available for you, but if it is not made public, a simple call could usually clear things up for you. If your home has lead pipe plumbing, or if you see symptoms such as rust coloring coming from your water fixtures, or oddly stained laundry or dishes, there might be a source of lead contamination within your home. Your local plumbing professional, like Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. could give you a helping hand.
Some simple tips to eliminate any extra possibilities of lead poisoning could be to let your faucet run about 10 to 30 seconds before use to eliminate any standing water that might have become contaminated. Avoid using hot water from the tap to make food or prepare bottles for baby as lead is the highest in hot water.
Lastly, you can contact a plumbing professional and ask for a water filtration system for your home to filter out any lead found in your water supply. Give Jack Ward & Sons a call at (615) 227-2811 and ask for what options are available to find out whether or not your water supply has lead in it and how to go about removing it.