Schedule a Lead Test
Removal of Lead in the Water of Your Home or Business is IMPORTANT!
Scheduling a lead test for the water in your New Hampshire home or business is important says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), especially if your home or business was built in the 1980's or earlier. Lead is both odorless and tasteless so a lead water test is the only way to reveal its presence. BUT, lead testing is not as easy as just running the faucet and grabbing a sample. There are 5 ways that your home or business might be leaching lead into your water (see below), and to get the most accurate lead testing results, testing should be done by a certified water filtration professional (like us!)
THE 5 WAYS LEAD MIGHT BE GETTING INTO YOUR WATER
1. Copper Pipe with Lead Solder - Solder made or installed before 1986 contained high lead levels.
2. Faucets - Fixtures inside your home may contain lead.
3. Galvanized Pipe - Lead particles can attach to the surface of galvanized pipes. Over time, the particles can enter your drinking water, causing elevated lead levels.
4. Lead Service Line - The service line is the pipe that runs from the water main to the home’s internal plumbing. Lead service lines can be a major source of lead contamination in water.
5. Lead Goose Necks - Goosenecks and pigtails are shorter pipes that connect the lead service line to the main.
On January 3, 2018, a bill to help tackle household lead hazards in New Hampshire passed the House with overwhelming support. The house's version of the bill will now head back to the Senate for review.
There is NO KNOWN SAFE LEVEL of lead in a child's blood - this is stated directly from the EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is no question lead is very harmful to everyone's health! "Young children, infants, and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to lead because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in adults. A dose of lead that would have little effect on an adult can have a significant effect on a child. In children, low levels of exposure have been linked to damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing, and impaired formation and function of blood cells. The EPA estimates that drinking water can make up 20 percent or more of a person's total exposure to lead. Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40 percent to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water." Read more facts from the EPA's Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water here.
Got lead in your water? It's not easy to find out; a great article from a USA Today reporter who goes through the ringer trying to find out if lead was in her home's water. She came to the conclusion after all her time and research it was just easier to get a good water filter!
Extracting Information From Your Water Company
As you are well aware from what happened in Flint, Michigan, one of the biggest risk factors for lead-contaminated water experts say is the possible lead service line connecting into your home or business from the water main out in the street. The EPA estimates about 7.3 MILLION LEAD SERVICE LINES still deliver water to customers nationwide; this is according to a report from a research group put together by the National Drinking Water Advisory Council.
Worried About Lead In Your Water? Schedule Your Water Testing Today!
A lead test is the first step to eliminating that worry. We are a licensed water well, water filtration, and water treatment contractor and can help ensure your water remains clean, clear, and safe. For water testing to help keep your systems clean and clear of contaminants, call (603) 774-6155 today, or fill out the form on this page and one of our clean water professionals will contact you to arrange a water test.