A & M Plumbing, LLC
Monday, January 16, 2017

“What’s In That Glass of Water?”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lead consumption cause serious damage to the brain, kidneys, nervous system, and red blood cells. High levels of lead can result in delays of development in young children and unborn babies. 10-20% of lead exposure may come from drinking water, and maybe even 40-60% for an infant using mixed formula.

Levels in your drinking water may be highest in homes with:
  • Faucets or fittings of brass
  • Lead pipes
  • Copper pipes with solder
  • Naturally soft water
  • Water sitting in the pipes for several hours

To control exposure to lead:
  • Anytime the water in a faucet has not been used for six hours or longer, “flush” your cold water pipes by running the water until it becomes as cold as possible.
  • Use water from the cold water tap for drinking, cooking, and making baby formula.

Water is the giver of life, but lead in your water threatens it. Be smart and be safe. Let us know how we can help!

Winter Water Solutions for Perfect Pipes

Even with the weather this season, there are ways to protect your home against plumbing hazards:
  • Know the location of the stop valve on your incoming water supply.
  • Check outside faucets for leaking or dripping.
  • Have your water heater and other heating appliances inspected and serviced annually.
  • Insulate pipes in areas such as garages and crawl spaces.
  • Flush out your water heater to remove buildup and keep it operating at peak performance.
Give us a call if you have any questions about your plumbing system.

Minor Ways to Save Major Headaches:

Water heating can account for 14-20% of your energy bill, but you can reduce these costs with a new, efficient water heater.
Propane water heaters emit up to 60% less greenhouse gases than electric water heaters. Plus, a propane water heater can reduce the cost of water heating by half. A new, energy efficient propane water heater may initially cost more, but energy savings will continue during the lifetime of the appliance.
Give us a call and we’ll help you find the water heater that’s right for the environment and your budget.

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