Lead is a metal that is poisonous to humans. Lead was commonly used in paint, gasoline, and plumbing materials and can still be found in batteries, pipes, solder, pottery, roofing materials, and even some cosmetics. This material can be present in paint, dust, water, and even the air.
It was outlawed as a building material in 1978, and the EPA has made several efforts to change city pipes and plumbing over the years. However, the threat of lead contaminating water systems is still prevalent. It is crucial to test for lead to avoid lead poisoning, which can have detrimental and irreversible effects on people. It has no “safe” exposure levels and can accumulate in the body over time.
Lead Contamination in Water Systems
Before the 1980s, the piping that was used throughout cities and inside actual buildings was often laden with lead materials. It becomes especially dangerous as these pipes get older and start to corrode. As they disintegrate naturally, the lead once contained inside the metal begins to leak out into the water system. Sometimes, it’s the pipes in the building or areas itself. Sometimes public plumbing lines may have lead issues. In order to avoid causing severe health concerns and make sure your investment is safe, you must take measures to prevent lead contamination.
Sites and buildings with older plumbing and piping should test the water for lead every year. This is often required by insurance companies anyway, and you must attach laboratory results in order to satisfy all laws, rules, and regulations.
Effects of Untreated Lead in Buildings and Workspaces
Untreated lead can cause lead poisoning. Even low levels of lead can be harmful, as lead accumulates in the body over time. Lead is most damaging to the brain, where irreversible damage can occur. Higher levels can damage the kidneys and nervous system, cause seizures, spells of unconsciousness, and even death.
The property must be thoroughly tested for air & water quality, as it is the owner’s responsibility to maintain a safe area. If you have questions about water system lead testing, or about the general impact of lead on human health, call SanAir Technologies at 888-895-1177. Our friendly lab professionals can refer you to an agency specializing in analysis of lead in water.