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Lead piping and Lead in water Lead is a natural element that is highly toxic to the human body. Most exposure to lead occurs from inhalation or direct contact with substances containing high levels of lead; however, lead can also enter the body through drinking water. Treated water contains minerals that can act as corrosive agents on the pipes that deliver water to the different rooms in a home or building; this can cause a harmful release of lead from any parts of the water delivery system that contain lead products. Lead piping was popular in plumbing systems until the early 1900’s. There is little danger of encountering excessive levels of lead in the pipes of a house constructed using modern materials and methods but lead in drinking water can be a problem in houses that are very old or very new. Even with copper or ofther metel often where joined with lead-based solder. So a home inspection in charlotte could have high lead in the water. The solder had lead in it til the 1970s.

Submitted by GeraldGoforth on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 22:31.

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