Is Your Home’s Water Safe? 4 Tips You Can Use to Tell

If you own your home, one thing that you want to do is make sure that you have healthy water for you and your family to drink and to cook with. But sometimes it can be hard to tell. Below are four tips that you can use to help you know whether or not your water is safe.

Assess the Age of Your Home

If your house had been built prior to 1986, chances are that your plumbing has lead in it.  If the house was built prior to 1930, there are higher risks in your home. On the faucets which dispense water that is for cooking and drinking, think about installing a system for water filtration which will remove lead.

Call the Water Company

When you call, ask if the portion of your home’s service line is made from lead and whether your company ever replaced a service line made of lead at the address. If the rep says no part of the line is owned by your water system, chances are they are incorrect. Ask to speak to a supervisor. The utility will often own that service line that runs from the street to the house.

Talk to a Plumber

Plumbers are able to help with assessing if your house has lead fixtures, solder or pipes.

Know the Testing Limits

If you’ve tested the water in your home and there is no lead contamination showing up, this doesn’t mean your water’s always safe if it’s going through pipes made of lead.

These are four things that you can do to help know if you are drinking safe water. You want to know how safe it is for you and your family so that you don’t put your health at risk. Take some time to learn and you’ll be healthier overall.