- How to Test for Lead in Your Water
With the alarming rate of global warming these passing years, a lot of new and emerging diseases coming from unsanitary conditions and exposure to chemicals due to the change in climate would be a big threat to you and your family. Today even the water we drink might be contaminated with chemicals we don’t know of, and the most common substance could mix up with your water is Lead.
Where most tap water is in fact safe, but in an ever changing world where climate change would affect the water we drink anything can happen. Your water service sends you a “Consumer Confidence Report” every month and it’s legally mandatory to include lead levels in the water you drink, and or if any lead was even found. (The CDC has an instruction here for you to understanding the report in detail.) But if you’re not the person who pays the bills, you won’t get a statement, but then again there are much local information that is available online.
The Water going in the course of the lead & copper pipe are treated with anti-corrosives to reduce the volume of lead that gets sucked in as it gushes through the lead and copper pipes, and water utilities must test the water and informs to you if any lead is present.
And if you don’t have faith in the water company’s investigation, or if your water source comes from a private well, don’t worry because there are independent facilities that can examine your water for lead. Here is a list from the Environmental Protection Agency for those independent labs.
- Lead in Your Soil
A new major source of lead contact is the lead underground that is used to be in gasoline but now is found underground. Don’t you believe that lead is gone, although the pumps these days are all providing unleaded. All of that lead must have to go somewhere, and so, any location with a lot of cars or traffic ended up building up a lot of it over time. The ground near active roads—assuming those roads were also full of activity before the 1986’s, the time where leaded gasoline was banned for public use, is a excellent place to find it, and so are homes and parks built in close proximity to them. Lead can also be found left behind by Industrial sites; especially if the factory was torn down to make your house.
- Lead Dust in your Garden
Now that backyard gardens are in trend now, our home is now more vulnerable to lead dusts that can be found in the soil, even If your intention is just to grow a few veggies yourself and or for your family you still need to be careful when entering your house after a day of gardening. The indoors of the floor can still be tainted by dirt that’s been stuck in your shoes. So my advice would be is to remove your shoes and clean it before entering indoors, especially if you have little kids that crawl on the floorboards. Just Remember that your backyard isn’t the only location you may encounter these lead dusts. Additional sources tell us that it might include your workplace if your work is on construction and or metalworking. (Note: Gun ranges also have tons of lead dust.)
- Lead Paint
During the 1970’s, there was a wide spread ban of lead paint by the federal government in homes, unluckily if you purchased or reside in a house constructed before the banning, then it’s possible your house had been painted with lead or have some lead paint lying around somewhere in your house, and If you live in a much older house, particularly one with lots of unique “charm,” it may just be safe to assume that it was painted with lead. But fear not because some states and cities actually banned it earlier than expected. And if you think your house was painted with lead paint, worry not because there are customer test kits available for lead paint testing, and we have an excellent guide on how to use them here.