Corrosive (LEAD) Pipes don't need to be YOUR problem

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Have you ever taken a drink from your faucet and it tasted like you were soaking a set of keys in it? Have you ever taken a shower and it smelled like rusty pipes? Well, if yes, and I’m sure a lot of you have, then chances are you have corrosivity in the pipes leading to your home. 


Corrosion is one of the most common problems affecting domestic water supplies. A chemical process can occur that will slowly dissolve the metal, causing plumbing pipes, fixtures, and water-using equipment to deteriorate and fail. This process will lead to water becoming toxic due to the levels of copper and lead now in the water supply. This can lead to all sorts of health issues from liver and kidney damage in adults to physical and mental development problems in children. 


Thee problems usually occur in water service lines. These are the lines that connect the city’s water mains to your building’s water lines. In Philadelphia, it’s estimated that 10% of homes have service lines made from lead. Lead can also be found in old brass fixtures and valves and in old solder, where pipes are connected. 


So what can you do to protect yourself?

Most experts will tell you to run your faucet water 3-5 minutes to flush it out, but this is obviously a waste of water and not very cost-effective for a homeowner. Some cities will offer zero-interest loan programs to make it more affordable to replace the lead service lines on blocks that the city is not working on. Yet, These solutions are not very practical for the modern American family. 


Here at Tern, we take water seriously. We believe that in order to live a healthy life, you need healthy water. In order to fix these water issues, you have to start at the source. Our Corrosion Analysis Test uses the Langelier Saturation Index to determine the corrosivity of your property to see if it falls within the EPA guidelines. Our test can also identify 25 other harmful in-organic materials that are commonly found in tap water, such as lead, copper, nickel, and mercury. 

So now you’ve had your test done, what’s next? Well if you're not planning on replacing the water service lines, you're most likely going to need some type of filtration system. One of the easiest and most cost-effective filters is an Under the Counter filter. Our Eco-Friendly, NSF certified filters use a coconut shell carbon filter (renewable resource) to effectively eliminate the lead and heavy metals coming from the pipes. 

Don’t you deserve to drink, the best freshwater right from the taps in your house? We think so. 

Call Us Today to schedule your free water consultation and together we can make water better

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