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Is Your Water Safe? Lead in Homes Built Before 1986

Suburban Laboratories is your one stop shop for drinking water testing. We have been servicing the greater Chicago land area since 1936. Over those 70 plus years, we can proudly say we know a thing or two about water testing. In the last 10 years, lead in water has been a rising issue across the country since homes built before 1986 had lead piping installed.

What is Lead?

Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around homes. Even at low levels, lead may cause a range of health effects including behavioral problems and learning disabilities. Children six years old and under are most at risk because this is when the brain is developing. The primary source of lead exposure for most children is lead-based paint in older homes. Lead in drinking water can add to that exposure. Lead is sometimes used in household plumbing materials or in water service lines used to bring water from the main to the home. A prohibition on lead in plumbing materials has been in effect since 1986. Click the link to check out a Lead Testing Kit today.

What are Lead’s Health Effects?

Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.

How Does Lead get into my Drinking Water?

The major sources of lead in drinking water are corrosion of household plumbing systems; and erosion of natural deposits. Lead enters the water (“leaches”) through contact with the plumbing. Lead leaches into water through corrosion – a dissolving or wearing away of metal caused by a chemical reaction between water and your plumbing. Lead can leach into water from pipes, solder, fixtures and faucets (brass), and fittings. The amount of lead in your water also depends on the types and amounts of minerals in the water, how long the water stays in the pipes, the amount of wear in the pipes, the water’s acidity and its temperature.

Although the main sources of exposure to lead are ingesting paint chips and inhaling dust, EPA estimates that 10 to 20 percent of human exposure to lead may come from lead in drinking water. Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40 to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water. Think it is time to test your water for lead? Click the link to check out a Lead Testing Kit today.

What can you do?

If you want to take the next steps in making sure your home is lead free, check out our lead testing kit in the link provided. Also, feel free to contact Suburban Laboratories or send us a message on our Social Media Pages. Suburban Laboratories, protecting human health and the environment since 1936.

2020-02-04T10:06:32-06:00February 4th, 2020|News|

Lead in Water Testing for Day Cares

Why test for lead?

Lead is a toxic metal that was used in plumbing materials and water service lines. Even at low levels, lead may cause a range of health effects including behavioral problems and learning disabilities, especially in young children.  The Illinois EPA recommends day care centers built before January 1, 2000 test their water for lead

How many samples do I need to take?

Two (2) samples should be collected from each water source that can potentially be used for drinking and/or food preparation. This includes drinking fountain, sink, and fridge. Water sampling must be conducted first thing in the morning after the water has been stagnate for a minimum of 6 hours but no more than 18 hours. Take care to ensure the water is not used for any purpose including flushing toilets, showers, etc… A first draw sample is collected when first turning on the tap and a second after the water has run for 30 seconds. With your order, Suburban Laboratories will provide you with sampling instructions, gloves, and containers to collect the samples.

If you have an refrigerator with an ice dispenser you will also need to order an additional kit for ice samples here: Lead in Ice Sample Kit.

What can I do?

If you want to take the next steps in making sure your home is lead free, check out our lead testing kit in the link provided Lead in Day Cares. Also, feel free to contact Suburban Laboratories or send us a message on our Social Media Pages. Suburban Laboratories, protecting human health and the environment since 1936.

2020-01-30T15:42:45-06:00January 30th, 2020|News|

Why Should I Test my Drinking Water?

Testing Your Drinking Water

As the new year begins, and the seasons take full effect, you can’t help but wonder “how the environment is affecting your home?” Specifically, the piping your drinking water runs through. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), if you are using a private water supply (Well Water) for your drinking water you should, “Test water every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels, especially if you have a new well, or have replaced or repaired pipes, pumps or the well casing” (EPA Home Water Testing).

If you are on a public water supply (Potable Water) you probably have received a letter or email from the community where you live in. This letter is a called a Consumer Confidence Report and lets you know about your local drinking water quality. This report provides information about possible contaminants found in drinking water, potential health effects, as well as the drinking water source.

Speaking about contaminants in drinking water, contamination can come from a variety of locations and events. Some of the more common sources of contamination found in drinking water come from runoffs from fertilizer use such as herbicides, discharge from industrial factories and chemical factories, erosion from natural deposits, corrosion from household plumbing, and discharge from mills and refineries.

For homeowners, we understand that testing your drinking water is not always top priority, but here are two situations where it would be crucial to test your drinking water. One situation would be of your house was built before 1986. This date is important because up to 1986, contractors were installing lead pipes in homes. Over the years, the lead piping has started to erode and leach out into the drinking water.

The Second situation when you should test your home drinking water is if you have infants and children six years or younger. Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.

Although the main sources of exposure to lead are ingesting paint chips and inhaling dust, EPA estimates that 10 to 20 percent of human exposure to lead may come from lead in drinking water. Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40 to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water. Do not wait, Suburban Laboratories offers a testing kit for lead. Click the link to see how we can help (Lead in Homes).

Suburban Laboratories is here to help. With being in business since 1936, we have developed testing kits and packages based on the contaminants most commonly found in drinking water. We have also come up with some frequently asked questions that may be helpful in your search in determining if your drinking water is safe. Click the link to see if you have the same questions (FAQ). If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to Suburban Laboratories and a project manager will be more than happy to assist you.

 

2020-01-27T10:03:42-06:00January 22nd, 2020|News|