How Superhero Plumbers Bring Clean Water for All
Have you ever given much thought to your water quality? You trust that when you turn on the tap here in Lexington, KY, you’ll be able to fill your glass with clean water. Most of the times that is true. However, did you know that your plumbing plays a key role in how clean your water is?
And that your plumber is just the superhero you need to ensure that your family isn’t in danger of consuming contaminated water. Your plumber is also a hero to the planet because part of what he help you conserve water at home. It goes without saying that unclean water can make you very sick. Here is what you need to know.
How Plumbing Can Contaminate Your Water
The most likely place that your water may get contaminated is from pipes that contain lead. Unfortunately, a number of homes that were built before 1980 have piping that contains lead. Lead will leach into your water.
It’s made worse if the water is warm or if it is left sitting over a period of time. A helpful tip: run your water for a minute before you fill your glass. Use cold water instead of hot for cooking or drinking; run the water for a bit if you’ve been away on holidays.
If you’ve got lead in your pipes, your plumber can save the day by upgrading your plumbing to PVC pipes, which will get that lead out of your home. PVC is also more durable, which means less corrosion, which also threatens your water supply.
Think about installing a water filtration system too. They are effective at removing impurities from the water while retaining many necessary vitamins and minerals.
Water Conservation Matters Too
Are you doing your part for water conservation? Your plumber can help by installing eco-friendly plumbing fixtures like dual flush toilets, low flow shower heads, and motion sensor faucets.
He can also help by fixing plumbing leaks as soon as you spot them. Plumbing leaks-even small ones-waste a lot of water.
Serious Health Risks with Contaminated Water
Within 24 to 48 hours of consuming contaminated water, you may experience nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever or more serious symptoms, depending on how much you have consumed.
It’s nothing to take lightly. Some waterborne illnesses include salmonella, E. coli, Hepatitis A, lead poisoning and arsenic poisoning. Don’t assume that water is ok because it tastes fine. Often tainted water is colorless, odorless and tasteless.