If you have just bought a home built in the 1920’s, the first thing you have to do is to call in pros that can help guarantee that you do not have problems with the plumbing system and other aspects of the house. If you live or bought a home or apartment that was built in the early 1920’s until the 1980’s, then there is a good chance that your home could have water pipes that are soldered with lead. This is important especially when you consider the fact that tap water is the second among the most common sources of lead poisoning in children and adults, after lead paint in toys, of course. Drinking water is contaminated when it passes through your lead pipes from the water facility and through 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 that very first glass of water from your faucet, make sure that you are going have a professional test the water first to be sure that you are not about to drink a glass of lead filled water. 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.
An important thing to understand about water that has been sitting for several hours on these pipes is apt to have a higher lead content level than fresh water. If you have not yet tested your tap water or if you have not had the pipes replaced, what you can do is run cold water through the faucet for several minutes so you can be sure that you are not going to drink water that has been sitting inside a lead pipe all night. Make sure that you do this before you or any of your children takes a glass of water from the tap every morning; do not think that you are being wasteful, you would not want your children drinking water that can poison them, can you?