If you are living in a home or apartment in Los Angeles that was built
prior to 1986, there is a good possibility that you have lead in your
water from your aging pipes, fixtures or solder.
Though lead is found in nature, you do not want it in your drinking water.
Even the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) warns of the dangers of
lead in the water. “Lead in drinking water is the #1 environmental
health threat to children in the U.S.” On their website they warn
that babies and children who drink water with lead in it can have delayed
physical and mental development. For adults they warn that prolonged consumption
can lead to high blood pressure and kidney problems.
In fact, even very low levels of lead can cause reduced IQs, learning disabilities
and behavioral problems such as hypertension and reduced attention span
Lead exposure is cumulative and long lasting. It is stored by the body
primarily in the teeth and bones and can be very difficult, if impossible,
When old pipes begin to corrode lead will start leaching into the water
usually through brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures which
Many (but not all) water filter systems take out lead. If you have a water
filter system in your home and are not sure if it does lead removal, call
Use only cold water for drinking and cooking if you think you may have
lead in your water. This is especially important when making food for
young children and formulas for babies. Run the water for several minutes
before you use it.
The best solution, of course, is to replace your old pipes with either
copper or PEX piping. These are both very durable types of pipes, and
are very suited to the climate of southern California. We would be happy
to examine your pipes for you and if you need them replaced, give you
a free estimate. Give us a call.