Removal of Lead in the Water of Your Home or Business is Important!
Scheduling a lead test for the water in your New Hampshire home or business is important, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), especially if your home or business was built in the 1980s or earlier. Lead is both odorless and tasteless so a lead water test is the only way to reveal its presence. However, lead testing is not as easy as just running the faucet and grabbing a sample.
There are 5 ways that your home or business might be leaching lead into your water (see below), and to get the most accurate lead testing results, testing should be done by a certified water filtration professional (like us!).
The 5 Ways Lead Might Be Getting Into Your Water:
On January 3, 2018, a bill to help tackle household lead hazards in New Hampshire passed the House with overwhelming support. The house’s version of the bill will now head back to the Senate for review.
- Copper Pipe with Lead Solder – Solder made or installed before 1986 contained high lead levels.
- Faucets – Fixtures inside your home may contain lead.
- Galvanized Pipe – Lead particles can attach to the surface of galvanized pipes. Over time, the particles can enter your drinking water, causing elevated lead levels.
- Lead Service Line – The service line is the pipe that runs from the water main to the home’s internal plumbing. Lead service lines can be a major source of lead contamination in water.
- Lead Goose Necks – Goosenecks and pigtails are shorter pipes that connect the lead service line to the main.
There is no known safe level of lead in a child’s blood – this is stated directly from the EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is no question lead is very harmful to everyone’s health! “Young children, infants, and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to lead because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in adults.
A dose of lead that would have little effect on an adult can have a significant effect on a child. In children, low levels of exposure have been linked to damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing, and impaired formation and function of blood cells. The EPA estimates that drinking water can make up 20 percent or more of a person’s total exposure to lead. Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40 percent to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water.” Read more facts from the EPA’s Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water here.
Got Lead in Your Water? It’s Not Easy to Find Out
is a great article from a USA Today reporter who goes through the ringer trying to find out if lead was in her home’s water. She came to the conclusion after all her time and research that it was just easier to get a good water filter!
At Capital Well Clean Water Center, we understand the importance of providing clean and safe water to your home or business. We offer professional water testing services, including lead testing, and have the knowledge and expertise to help you determine the best filtration and treatment options for your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule a water testing appointment or to learn more about our services.
Our Water Testing Process
At Capital Well Clean Water Center, we understand the importance of clean and safe water for your family. Our water testing process is simple, convenient, and designed to provide you with accurate results as quickly as possible.
- Contact us: Call 800.924.1192 or fill out the form to the right to speak with our water testing specialist and schedule an appointment.
- Collection: A professionally collected sample will be obtained by our trained water testing specialist at a time that is convenient for you.
- Delivery: The sample is delivered to the independent lab on the same day as collection.
- Results: Our specialists will follow up with you to go over the report as soon as results are available.
- Consultation: If water issues are found, our water quality specialist can be scheduled to visit your home for a free consultation.