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Copper Pipes

Do you have copper pipes in your home? The majority of the water supply lines in residential properties are made out of copper.

Copper piping has been a stable of the building industry for many decades. Its ease to work with and its availability made it very popular. But if you have copper piping in your home, there are a few things to keep in mind.

If you have an older home, very likely you have lead solder on your copper pipes. This type of solder was used on residential plumbing systems for many years. Generally it does not leach too much lead into a home’s drinking water, but it can to a degree. Before drinking or cooking with the water, be sure to let it run for a minute or two.

Also, if you have lead solder, you may have noticed how hard it is to re-solder the pipes. That is because standard solder does not stick to lead solder very well. Also, heating up the solder too much can release harmful vapors. Be sure to hire a professional plumber to take care of this kind of work.

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