Are You Risking Lead Poisoning?

Water is a crucial part of our day to day lives within our homes, yet we rarely stop to think about how it is getting to where we need it to be. The safety and efficiency in which your water travels to you is what we here at WaterWise Utilities specialise in.
There has been much speculation over the use of lead pipes within the clean water industry. It has since been recognised that lead is potentially dangerous for our bodies and this risk increases in children under 5.
Have a read below to find out some facts about lead, its dangers and how you can find out if your home still contains lead pipes!

Lead Pipes

Before 1970 many smaller water pipes were made from lead
After 1970 companies began using other materials such as copper, iron and plastic to carry water into peoples homes.
Many older buildings and homes still have lead piping connecting the water main to their house. 

Why You Must Have a Lead Free Water Supply

Cut Out The Risk of Lead Contamination - By replacing your old lead water supply pipe
Save Money and Energy - Having increased water flow means all your appliances that are water dependant are able to operate far more efficiently helping you to save money and energy.
Increase In Water Flow - Lead pipes fur up on the inside which restricts the flow of water going through them. This therefore having a huge effect on the water pressure in your property. The risk of furring in new plastic pipes is non-existent therefore the flow and pressure will not decrease.
No More Costly Leaks - Old lead supply pipes are far more likely to be leaking due to the age of them and the fact that lead erodes when buried underground. Due to the previously mentioned furring within the lead pipes the wall thickness is eaten away this making the pipes liable to leak. Once the lead pipe has a leak it then will continue to leak up the length of the pipe which can be costly to repair. 

Health Effects of Lead

The health risks relate to the way in which lead can build up in your body
Those at particular risk are infants under the age of 5
Lead can have an adverse impact on mental development
Can be a factor in behavioural problems
In adults, it can cause an increase in blood pressure
Drinking lead infused water over a number of years could lead to kidney problems.

Do You Have Lead Pipes? 

If your home was built before 1970 and has not been modernised there is a high chance that the water pipes are in fact made of lead. There are a few ways in which you can find out what your water pipes are made of. Firstly maybe ask your neighbours! They may know or even have looked into lead piping themselves! 
Inside: have a look behind the cupboards in your kitchen and sink, take a look at the pipe material used. There may be other potential areas in your home which you may have access to the pipes, for example under your stairs.
Outside: If you open the flap at the stop valve outside your home you should be able to visibly see the small water pipes which carry the water in and around your home.

Although there is ways in which to reduce lead intake through water the only way to eliminate it is to renew your water pipes to plastic.
If you think there may even be a small chance that you still have old lead pipes in your home, give us a call today on 01389 872 229 and we will be happy to help!

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