At 24/7 Rooters, our professional, experienced staff provides lead pipe replacement services for homes in Morris, Middlesex, Bergen, and the Greater Northern New Jersey area. Lead gets into drinking water by leaching through old lead pipes, faucets, and valves.
Research has shown that a number of health risks have been associated with lead pipes. Lead in drinking water is especially harmful for children and babies and leads to learning disabilities. It can also damage the nervous system, kidneys, and reproductive system.
Many cities have created programs to replace lead pipes in their main lines. However, the homeowner is responsible for replacing the line from the home to the street in most areas. Many people do not realize that replacement for these pipes falls to the homeowner and not to the city.
How to Know If You Have Lead Pipes
If your home was built before 1970, but especially before 1950, it is possible your home may still have lead pipes. Newer pipes are typically made out of copper or other materials.
Check Your Faucets
In addition to a lead service line from the street to your home, you may have lead in your faucets if you have brass faucets and valves. Brass, an alloy made mostly of copper and zinc, contained up to 8 percent lead in faucets and valves made from the late 1970s to as recently as 2014. A law passed in 2011 required all faucets and valves that came into contact with drinking water to meet a stricter standard, and manufacturers replaced the lead in the brass alloy with other materials.
If you’re on a public drinking water supply, it’s likely that the public utility has maintained corrosion control in the water supply system. In corrosion control, a chemical is added to the city’s water supply to coat the pipes and keep lead from leaching into the system.
At 24/7 Rooters, we will examine your pipes, faucets, and valves to determine if you have any issues with lead. Our licensed plumbers have over 25 years of experience replacing lead water lines in homes throughout the Morris, Middlesex, Bergen, and the Greater Northern New Jersey area. We also provide Clogged Drain Repair and Hot Water Replacements.
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