24 Feb Exploring the Risks of Lead in Your Well Water
Having lead in your drinking water can lead to a number of health problems and even to death. Therefore, it is important to know more about how lead gets into your drinking water as well as how to identify whether or not your well water is at risk of being contaminated by it.
Lead and Drinking Water
While there are a few different ways for lead to get into drinking water, lead pipes in the home are the most common culprit. In some older homes, the service pipes that bring the water into the home are made from lead. Over time, these pipes begin to corrode from the constant flow of water, particularly if the water if of a high acidity or if of a low mineral content. Brass and chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures may also have lead solder, which further contributes to lead getting into the water.
Increasing the Risk of Lead
Several different factors can increase the risk of having lead in your drinking water. First, while both hot and cold water can have lead in it, hot water is more likely to pick up the lead when it flows through faucets and fixtures with lead solder. The chemistry of your water will also affect your risk factor, with water that is of a high acidity being more likely to have lead within it. The types of minerals in your water, how long the water stays in the pipes and the temperature of the water all have an impact on your risks. Similarly, the amount of water that comes in contact with the lead pipes and solder as well as the amount of water in the pipes and whether or not there are protective scales or coatings in the plumbing will all have an impact on your risk factor.
Homes that were built before 1986 are also more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. To learn more, contact Pump Service Idaho today!