How to Tell if You Have Lead Plumbing Pipes

Just because the word plumbing is derived from the Latin word for lead, plumbum, there is no place for it in a plumbing system. Although there are active laws today that prohibit any new construction with lead plumbing, there are still millions of occupied properties across the country that are built with lead pipes. If you suspect that you are living with lead pipes, protect your health and safety by confirming the truth as soon as possible.

Start by evaluating some communal facts about lead pipes, which in turn, will tell you if your home is a hazard or not.

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Do You Have Lead Pipes?

In order to determine if your home is equipped with lead plumbing pipes, you will need to schedule an in-person inspection with a state-licensed master plumber. However, you can get an idea of whether or not your plumbing is made of lead by learning some facts and then comparing them to your property. The 1986 Safe Drinking Water Act stopped the production and use of lead plumbing. So, homes built after this time are not likely to have lead plumbing. If your home was built before 1986, there is a possibility that your have lead pipes.  

If your plumbing fixtures and components are made from lead, you can assume that there are pipes made of lead as well. Such fixtures and components include faucets, shower heads, drains, lines, and spigots. If your plumbing pipes are soldered together with lead, there could be more lead within your plumbing elsewhere. If the water service pipeline that delivers water to your home is made from lead, you might have traces of lead in your tap water.

What to Do if You Have Lead Pipes

If you have lead plumbing pipes, you do not have to live with them. Contact a state licensed Indianapolis master plumber for information on renovating your current plumbing system within budget. In the meantime, here are some safety tips you should follow while living with lead plumbing:

💦 Always use cold tap water for drinking or cooking purposes. Heated or boiling water has higher traces of lead.

💦 Flush the water system before drinking or cooking with tap water. Just run the cold water for 5 minutes.

💦 Filter tap water before consuming it in any way. A certified Point-of-Use (POU) water filter should do the trick.

Best Option✨ Make the switch to bottled water until your plumbing system is lead-free!

Master Plumbing Service in Indianapolis You Can Trust

Call Weilhammer Plumbing Co. Inc. at 317-784-1870 for licensed water softener and plumbing services in Indianapolis, Indiana. Owner and state-licensed master plumber, Mark Weilhammer, is happy to give you free advice, anytime. We provide a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing services, including trenchless pipe repair, pipe replacement, and even services to improve water quality. And as a family owned and operated company since 1901, you can trust us to deliver outstanding workmanship and customer support. Request a free estimate, today.

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