Should You Have Your Water Tested For Lead in Western NY?

If you suspect that your water supply is unsafe to drink, or you’re having serious nuisance problems, you have several options. Regardless of your water source, you can have your water tested for specific contaminants of concern.

For homeowners having your water tested is simple and can offer people of mind.

When Can Water Become Contaminated With Lead?

Information provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • Buildings and homes built before 1986 are more likely to encounter lead in their drinking water. They should be tested for lead.
  • Water can become contaminated with lead when plumbing service pipes and fixtures corrode.
  • When brass or chrome plated faucets and fixtures with lead solder.

Lead can enter your drinking water due to corrosive, lead-containing plumbing. This can include pipes that connect your home’s plumbing to the city’s water mains, solder on copper pipes, and faucets. Many regulations have been put in place to help reduce the amount of lead in your home water system. But if you home was built before 1986 you may be at a greater risk. Replacing your faucets, fittings and vales with new plumbing fixtures, advertised as “lead-free”, may not protect you and your family as well as expected.

You’ve probably read the articles about Flint, MI and the toxic water problems over the past year. They cut cost and corners when it came to water testing. So don’t rely on your city government to provide the type of water test needed to protect your family from lead found in your drinking water.

Typically, city water departments ask residents to collect water samples. But the way residents are instructed to sample their water, as well as which households are chosen for testing, can profoundly impact how much lead is detected.

If you want to make sure your family is safe call Watercure USA at (716) 946-3598 or use our Online Contact Form and schedule YOUR FREE WATER TEST TODAY! 

Get Your Water Tested For Lead In Western NY