If you live in an older home, lead and asbestos in your water supply is a genuine concern. The dangers of old municipal pipes had made national headlines during the events of Flint, yet few are aware that similar concerns and worse could potentially be present in your own home. Being in a region renowned for its older architecture, let’s review the concerns related to lead and asbestos in your water pipes.
Corrosion Leaking Lead into Your Water Supply
Our knowledge of the harmful impacts of lead grows every day. Unfortunately, since iron was such a popular material used until the 1980s, many older homes are outfitted with the following sources of lead in their plumbing:
- Water Pipes: When the minerals protecting the interior of lead pipes begin to degrade and slough off, the corrosion process commences, resulting in lead flaking off into your water supply.
- Bonding and Welds: Even if your pipes aren’t made of lead, if your home was built before 1990, iron could’ve been used for the welds in your plumbing.
- Faucets and Valves: Lead faucets and brass valves – which can contain up to 8 percent lead – remain common. In 2014, “Get the Lead Out” ordered that faucets cannot contain over 0.25 percent lead, but since the legislation is still pretty new, the danger remains.
If you suspect there’s lead in your plumbing or have discovered its presence, the next step is to hire an experienced lead abatement contractor.
Asbestos Insulation and Transite Piping
Asbestos is a dual-threat, as it can contaminate your water supply and be ingested or become airborne and inhaled – both leading to extreme health effects. Unfortunately, a common culprit of asbestos exposure in the home comes from your plumbing, namely through:
- Transite Pipes: Transite – otherwise known as asbestos cement – pipes were used for their impermeability and crack resistance. However, over time, they become damaged, polluting both your air and water.
- Insulation: Asbestos-infused fabric or cardboard called laggings used to be used as insulation for hot water pipes. Over time, the laggings deteriorate and release airborne asbestos fibers.
If asbestos is discovered in or around your plumbing, it’s vital you contact an experienced asbestos abatement team to remove the materials.
Knowing homes can still contain lead and asbestos in your water pipes is a scary prospect, but if you suspect either are in your home, it’s important to act quickly and contact an expert abatement company. At Fiber Control, Inc., we have decades of experience handling lead paint, asbestos, and other hazardous materials. If you require a trusted team to remove hazardous plumbing or lead paint from your home, contact us today.