The Dangers of Lead Pipes in San Diego Plumbing

If you live in a home that was piped or constructed before 1986, you and your family might be living in the midst of a health hazard.

In 1986, the federal government amended the Safe Drinking Water Act to outlaw lead pipes in residences. Before that though, there was nothing to stop the use of lead pipes in new homes.

Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include:

  • Weight loss
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Learning difficulties
  • Lead poisoning in newborns is indicated in life long learning disabilities

Adults with lead poisoning may experience the following symptoms:

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness and fatigue, accompanied by tingling in extremities
  • Mood disorders
  • Reproductive difficulties, including low sperm counts and miscarriages and atypical pregnancies

How to Determine If There is a Lead Problem in Your House

Most buildings are now upgraded from lead to copper, a much safer material. Still, there are still some buildings out there that have slipped through the cracks. If you have reason to suspect lead in your water, try the following steps to track down water. Of course, you should get any family members treated for illness right away. Then, track down the problem:

  • Consult with any previous owners or landlords about the condition and material of the pipes. Perhaps pipes have been updated. This is the easiest way to rule out lead pipes.
  • Test the water for lead levels. The EPA sets the safe threshold for lead at 15 ppb. There are many over the counter testing kits to help you measure lead levels in your water.
  • If you do find lead, it’s important to know if this is from a municipal water supply or your own home. Consult with the city or county to get a reading on the lead levels.
  • If there is no lead in the municipal water supply, then you may have lead in your home piping system. But where? This is sometimes difficult to track down. It could be in the pipes, fixtures, or faucets.

The best way to track down and reduce lead poisoning danger in your home water system is with the help of a San Diego plumbing professionals. If you’re concerned about lead in your water, give us a call. We can help you track down and eliminate lead quickly.

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