Did you know that your City’s water supply is contaminated with dangerous contaminants, including pesticides and herbicides, toxic heavy metals, carcinogens and radioactive materials? Your tap water even contains prescription drugs that have been found in drinking water in major US cities. If you do not use a home water filtration system, you are putting yourself at risk from such drugs. Here is what you need to know about the drugs found in drinking water in your City and the extent of contamination in your community.
Out of date plumbing fixtures can contain lead, which has been known to cause lead poisoning. While the use of lead in household plumbing was banned years ago, some older single-family homes especially single-family homes built prior to the 1911 through 1930s might still have lead plumbing fixtures and pipes. To address this threat, your City should install an active plumbing monitoring program. This involves the careful inspection of the household plumbing by qualified personnel. After an inspection, the pipes in your house are cleaned and the surrounding areas are also thoroughly cleaned.
Unsafe piping materials are another problem in your neighborhood. The “inlet stack” is a piping component that connects the main water supply to the various fixtures and fittings in your home. Pipes that are worn, cracked or damaged can allow chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides to leak into the main water source. Unsafe water supplies might also include municipal pipes that are over 50 years old and that contain asbestos. When this happens, your City will send someone out to test your piping to determine if it contains hazardous materials.
Cold water pipes may be clogged with mineral deposits. These mineral deposits can grow and stick to household plumbing fixtures inside the drain field. Eventually, these clogs become so severe that they cause pressure to build within pipes. This can cause a bursting of the pipe or the fixture can detach completely. If this plumbing system is connected to your hot water supply, the consequences can be disastrous, since it can result in a complete shut down of your hot water system.
Leaking household plumbing pipes often lead to seepage into main lines coming into your house. When this happens, your City must first inspect the pipe before deciding whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. Sometimes, when a pipe becomes too weak, it is cut by a cutting torch. Other times, the “leak” can be filled with silicone or some other flexible material.
Your City’s plumbers can address all of these plumbing issues for you. Your only responsibility once the work has been completed is to ensure that the plumbing system stays in good shape. If you find that you have a leaking water service line or a crack in your household plumbing, it is best to call your City plumber right away to avoid the potential for further damage. Plumbing problems can be frustrating and expensive; calling a plumbing company in your area today can make the problem a little less complicated for you.