Water Treatment Systems to Handle Lead in Water

We provide water treatment systems to reduce lead contamination in water. This will ensure your family’s safety and health. Rainsoft is located in Forest Hill, MD and serves the following areas: Harford County, Cecil County Maryland and surrounding areas.

Contact us today for FREE water testing or call for more information on lead
in water
at 1800-242-2049.

Facts On Lead Contamination in Water

According to the Environmental Protection Agency lead is a metal found in everyday environment such as lead-based paint, air, soil, household dust, food, certain types of pottery, porcelain, pewter, and in drinking water. There are many significant health risks for anyone exposed to lead. It can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells and kidneys. The groups most at risk for lead exposure are children and pregnant woman. In infants and children, exposure to lead in water can result in delays in physical and mental development, along with slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. In adults, it can cause increases in blood pressure.

Having lead in water sources is not common, but when present it enters tap water through corrosion of plumbing materials. Homes that were built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. Lead material was commonly used until these harmful side effects were occurring due to lead exposure. However, even new homes can be at risk; legally “lead-free” plumbing may contain up to 8 percent of lead.


Sources of Lead in Water

Lead levels in your drinking water are likely to be highest if your home has:

  • Faucets or fittings of brass which contains some lead
  • Water system with lead pipes
  • Copper pipes with solder
  • Naturally soft water
  • Water that often sits in the pipes for several hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is lead in water a problem?
A: Lead is a toxic metal known to be harmful to human health if inhaled or ingested.  Important sources of lead contamination in water can arise from: ambient air, soil and dust, food, and water. It is estimated that lead in water contributes 10 to 20 percent of total exposure. The effects of lead contamination in water ranges from: subtle biochemical changes at low levels of exposure, to severe neurological and toxic effects or even death at extremely high levels.

Q: Does lead affect everyone equally?
A: Young children, infants and fetuses appear to be particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning. A dose of lead that would have little effect on an adult can have a big effect on a small body. Also, growing children will more rapidly absorb any lead they consume. A child’s mental and physical development can be irreversibly stunted by over-exposure to lead.  In infants, whose diet consists of liquids made with water makes up an even greater proportion of total lead exposure (40 to 60 percent).

Q: How could lead get into my drinking water?
A: Typically, lead gets into drinking water after water leaves your local treatment plant or well. The most common cause is corrosion, a reaction between the water and the lead pipes or solder. Common causes of corrosion are dissolved oxygen, low pH (acidity) and low mineral content in water. However, all types of water may have high levels of lead contamination. One factor that increases corrosion is the practice of grounding electrical equipment (such as telephones) to water pipes. Any electric current traveling through the ground wire will accelerate the corrosion of lead in pipes.

Contact us today for FREE water testing or call for more information on lead
in water
at 1800-242-2049.

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