So you have bought a nice 1920’s home, it only makes sense to make sure that you are going to avoid any problems when it comes to plumbing and other aspects in the home. This is because if you live in a home or an apartment that was built during this time period, there is a good chance that the pipes in your home and apartment were soldered with lead. This is very important because lead in tap water is the second most common cause of lead poisoning in children, second only to lead paint that is used in toys. The drinking water from the facility is contaminated when it passes through the lead pipes in your home, down to your faucet.
This is because houses that were built before the 1920’s use lead pipes for their water mains and lead solder was used to connect these pipes to the ones that were installed during the 1950’s to 1980’s. So before you take a drink from your tap water, it is a good idea to have a professional test the water first. You need to be sure however, that you can trust the plumber that you are going to work with; ask around for personal recommendations from close friends or family members about any plumbers that they have worked with in the past. You need to work with plumbers that have been in business for a long time and are highly recommended by their former clients. After all, you have to make sure that you are going to hire the services of a professional that not only knows what he is doing, but is trusted enough by their previous customers to recommend their services to other people. Make sure that you have studied your options carefully before you make a final decision which plumber you would get in touch with.
You need to know however, that water that sat for many hours on these pipes are going to have high levels of lead in them than fresh water. A tip when you have not had your pipes replaced or the tap water tested is to keep the cold water in your faucet running for several minutes so you can have fresh water to drink and not have to drink water that has sat all night inside a lead pipe. You need to be sure that you are going to run water in your faucet for a few minutes every morning before you or anyone in your family gets a glass of water to drink or any time so long as the water has sat in the pipe for a number of hours; you are not being wasteful, you simply want to avoid dealing with the problem of you or any or your family getting lead poisoning from drinking tap water.