Reducing Lead in Water in the home by Housemaster
Eliminating Lead in Water in our home
The EPA has always recommended to let the water run at your kitchen tap for a couple of minutes before drinking, due to lead in water concerns. Unfortunately, most people don’t wait and take a glass of water immediately to cook/drink.
Even though your town water may be considered excellent, drinking water is only as good as your plumbing system. Any home built before 1989 could’ve contained lead solder joints. We wanted to test the water to see what the results would be.
Housemaster Home Inspection performed over 500 lead in water first draw tests in homes across Long Island back in 2005. A draw test is taking a sample of the water when the kitchen faucet is first turned on. The intention was to see what the concern was with the drinking water. This was a market research study. After 2 1/2 months during that year, we stopped testing for lead in water.
Almost 90% of the homes had an elevation of lead. Since this time, we’ve encouraged homeowners to filter the water at the kitchen tap. Boiling water does not eliminate heavy metals from the water. Purchasing a simple water filter at the kitchen tap is the easiest way to handle this situation. Your local store, like CVS, has these filters. After reading this email, is lead in water the leading cause of lead poisoning? I think so.
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- Last edited May 12 2008
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