If you have just bought a home built in the 1920’s, the first thing you have to do is to call in pros that can help guarantee that you do not have problems with the plumbing system and other aspects of the house. The reason is homes or apartment buildings that were built during this time has water pipes that were soldered with lead. This is important especially when you consider the fact that tap water is the second among the most common sources of lead poisoning in children and adults, after lead paint in toys, of course. The drinking water from the facility is contaminated when it passes through the lead pipes in your home, down to your faucet.
This is because houses that were built before the 1920’s use lead pipes for their water mains and lead solder was used to connect these pipes to the ones that were installed during the 1950’s to 1980’s. So before you take a drink from your tap water, it is a good idea to have a professional test the water first. You need to be sure however, that you can trust the plumber that you are going to work with; ask around for personal recommendations from close friends or family members about any plumbers that they have worked with in the past. You need to choose a plumber that has been around for a long time and are recommended by their previous customers. After all, you have to be sure that you can entrust the testing of your tap water to someone that knows what he is doing. Make sure that you have studied your options carefully before you make a final decision which plumber you would get in touch with.
You need to know however, that water that sat for many hours on these pipes are going to have high levels of lead in them than fresh water. A tip when you have not had your pipes replaced or the tap water tested is to keep the cold water in your faucet running for several minutes so you can have fresh water to drink and not have to drink water that has sat all night inside a lead pipe. You have to do this every morning before you brush your teeth or any time that the water has sat for hours in these pipes; you are not being wasteful, you are doing what you can to avoid getting poisoned by the drinking water in your home.