Homes In Hamilton May Be Affected By Lead In Tap Water
You may already know about the importance of have a home inspection done on a property before you buy. A home inspection will typically review such items as the condition of the roof, electrical, structural and anything that could be a concern that the home inspector can see. However what he cannot see may be the most troubling and something that most potential buyer fail to have tested. The tap water!
Recently 55,000 homes in the city of Hamilton where issued a letter warning them to avoid drinking the tap water as there is a concern that the levels of lead may be high. There is no real safe level of lead consumption and over time the build up of lead in the body can cause learning disabilities especially in children and is definitely something that pregnant women would like to avoid.
The issue stems from old lead pipes that service the homes as well as some older properties in Hamilton that still have lead pipes within the home. While some types of water filters may remove all or some of the lead they may not be reliable so residents are encouraged to replace these older pipes as a more permanent fix. In the meantime the city recommends that the pipes be flushed out before drinking the water. This can be done by simply showering before you pour yourself a glass of water. This will get the water moving in the pipe that would have picked up the lead. Flushing the pipes should be done every six hours. If you suspect that your home has lead pipes you can contact the city of Hamilton.