You've probably heard concerns about lead in your home water. Home water filters always mention that they remove lead from water. You may have even heard that you shouldn't drink water taken from the hot water tap. We thought it would be a good idea to clarify what the risks are, where they come from, and most importantly, if you are at risk of lead in your home water supply.
Why is lead an issue? Lead is absorbed by the human body and accumulates over time. It can cause neurological impairment, particularly in children and can cause high blood pressure or kidney problems in adults.
If your home is connected to city water, rest assured that the water coming to your home has safe and acceptable levels of lead. Lead is rarely found in the source water for water systems, and Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and other local city water is no exception. The water treatment plants in these cities also constantly test their water for impurities and chemicals, including lead.
Lead is most often introduced into your home's water through corrosion of plumbing materials in your home, such as the solder used to connect pipes, old fixtures and faucets. Newer homes should not have any issues with lead, since federal regulations now prohibit the use of lead-based materials in plumbing systems. However, if your home was built before 1986, there is a possibility your plumbing system contains lead-based materials.
The only way to know for sure if your home water contains lead is to have your water tested. If you are concerned your home water may contain lead, or just want piece of mind, we will be happy to refer you to a certified lab that can test your water. According to the City of Olympia, these tests typically run between $20-40 -- a small price to pay if you are worried about drinking water safety.
Did you know that your bathroom is statistically the most dangerous room in your home?
According to the AARP, bathrooms are the cause of more household injuries than any other room, including the kitchen. In 2008, nearly 22 million Americans over the age of 15 were injured in the bathroom, and over 235,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for bathroom-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not surprisingly, the total number of injuries increase by age, with the majority of injuries occurring with people over the age of 65. However, proportionate to their age, 15-24 year olds are actually more likely to be injured in the tub or shower.
We've mentioned this topic on our social media pages a number of times in the past, but it's about time we "plunge" into it further and "flush" out any additional questions you might have. We are talking of course about the two different types of plungers you should have in your home.
Many people don't realize that there are two types for two different purposes. And unfortunately, home improvement stores confuse the matter my selling plungers that don't really do the job.
The first type of plunger is the one you are more likely familiar with. This is the one that looks like a suction cup with a handle sticking out of it. This type of plunger is designed for clearing a sink or tub. While these come in multiple sizes, many people mistakenly buy the larger versions thinking they are for toilets.
This plunger, sold at Home Depot for $2.98, has no flange and is designed for sinks and tubs.This plunger, sold at Home Depot for $5.99, includes a flange which creates a positive seal inside a toilet drain.
When you think of plumbers, you probably think of sinks, toilets and water pipes. After all, plumbers only work with water, right?
Well how about gas pipes? These are the gas pipes that connect propane or natural gas to gas appliances.
Plumbing is about sealed pipes. Water pipes are the ones most people think of, but plumbing actually can include any sealed pipe system, including gas or air.
A grill running on natural gas can be a wonderful addition to your backyard. Because you are hooked up to a municipal gas supply, you never again will have worry about running out of fuel in the middle of cooking a meal. You also save the time and expense of driving to a filling station to refill your propane tank. Natural gas also burns hotter and more efficiently than propane, plus it costs quite a bit less.
Since gas lines involve working with volatile, potentially explosive materials, it is imperative that you have them installed properly by a certified professional. To install a natural gas pipe, you have to get a permit from the city or county.
M&M Plumbing is certified to install gas pipes. We can connect both natural gas and propane lines to gas grills and other appliances around your home, including water heaters, stoves, dryers, and fireplaces. We are also one of the few Olympia plumbers that are able to self-certify a gas pipe inspection.
Whether you are adding natural gas to your home, or already have natural gas and need to connect a gas grill or other appliances, give us a call at M&M Plumbing for a free quote. We'll make sure the job gets done right to comply with regulations and protect your property.