Insurance companies regularly remind homeowners and business owners of the downsides of old lead water pipes. There are two main cautions homeowners insurance companies such as Allstate and State Farm, among others, address on their official blogs and social media accounts:
- The health risk of lead in the water
- The increased risk of broken or bursting water pipes leading to mold and flooding.
Can You Get Lead Poisoning from Water?
Lead is poisonous. It can enter your body through the water you drink or through your lungs when you breathe in infected air. The air can be infected with lead when you have lead paint and sand it or even try to peel it off.
The problem isn’t the consumption of lead, it will be a small amount. However, the human body is incapable of processing lead, this means it stays in your body. As lead volumes increase in your body, you’ll start to experience issues. Lead poisoning often causes damage to your brain, kidneys, and nervous system. This will affect your quality of life. In serious cases, it causes seizures and even death.
Although the likelihood of lead poisoning has reduced dramatically it is something that everyone should be mindful of.
What Causes lead Poisoning?
Lead was used in paint and toys for many years. This was before anyone appreciated the issues it caused. Children are particularly vulnerable, especially if they chew on these toys.
Of course, modern toys don’t use lead, reducing the risk of exposure.
However, water pipes were traditionally made of lead. It was soft enough to be bent easily but durable enough to last for a long period of time. Unfortunately, as the water moves through the lead pipe it picks up particles of lead. The water supply becomes contaminated and you drink it.
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You’ll need to check the pipes in your home and see if any of them are lead. If you have lead pipes they need to be removed and replaced with copper piping as soon as possible.
Another option to remove the lead is to use water purifiers. These are effectively filters that take the lead out of the water, along with other minerals. If you have lead pipes a water filter is essential to purify your water. Of course, even if you don’t have lead pipes water filters are a great idea, they will eliminate other contaminants, including bacteria, minerals, and heavy metals.
The Risk of Cracked and Bursting Lead Water Pipes
Aside from the potential significant health risk from the water, old lead pipes also come with an increased risk of cracks and bursting. Water damage, and the mold that is often associated with it, can rapidly become extensive and expensive.
As a result, insurance companies will often charge notably higher premiums to homes and businesses that still have…
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