SOURCE: Roto-Rooter Denver

November 26, 2012 06:00 ET

Roto-Rooter Denver Assists Homeowners in Protecting Against Lead Exposure

Lead Has Been Detected in Some Denver Homes' Drinking Water; Roto-Rooter Denver Can Assist Homeowners in Protecting Their Families Against Exposure

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Nov 26, 2012) - The dangers that lead and other heavy metals can pose to the human population have been known for decades. In fact, efforts to minimize exposure to such metals have been focused on keeping drinking water clean and protecting individuals against the medical conditions that such exposure can create. Despite the best efforts of officials, it is inevitable that some contaminants will find their way into the drinking water -- and this has happened in Denver. According to DenverPost.com, "Drinking water in one out of eight Denver homes with lead plumbing may be contaminated with lead -- a health hazard that causes brain and nerve damage, especially in children." Roto-Rooter Denver, a trusted plumbing and drain services company, encourages those living in homes built before 1920 to have Denver Water, the municipal water provider, test their water for lead content and if lead levels are deemed too high, a professional plumber can inspect their systems and replace lead pipes or fixtures containing lead in order to mitigate the problem and minimize the risk of lead contamination.

The article asserts that, in some of the 60 residences that were tested, the lead concentration "exceeded the federal drinking water standard of 15 parts per billion by as much as 3.8 times." While this is a dangerous situation for some homeowners and their families, Roto-Rooter Denver notes that the assistance of a trained and experienced plumber can help in limiting the exposure that families living in older homes incur by getting lead concentrations back down to an acceptable and safe level. Homes with copper pipes joined with lead solder that were installed between 1982 and 1987 may also be at risk for unacceptable levels of lead contamination.

Dr. Lisa Miller, who is the director of disease control and environmental epidemiology for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, comments: "People should try to limit their exposure and reduce it to the level they can."

Roto-Rooter Denver encourages those living in at risk homes to make an appointment with its plumbing professionals for a system inspection if water testing by the Denver Water utility reveals unsafe levels of lead. Until the state of their drinking water is determined, the company's representatives urge individuals to drink from bottled water and, if possible, use it while cooking.

"Overexposure to lead is a dangerous situation," Roto-Rooter Denver comments in a press statement. "We are recommending that homeowners in the area rely upon the expertise of a trained, licensed, and seasoned plumber to assess and address any lead contamination that may be caused by lead pipes or fixtures. Our skilled representatives can help homeowners in determining if their pipes are leading to the contamination of their drinking water and, if so, how to best replace them in order to allow families to once again access healthy, safe water in their homes."

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