Leading health officials stress that no amount of lead in drinking water is safe, but unfortunately, many Chicago homeowners are facing that exact problem. Out of a sample of 296 homes with water meters, one in five was found to have lead in tap water, and homeowners weren’t warned when their homes were affected.

At John Baethke & Son Plumbing, nothing is more important to us than the safety and satisfaction of our customers. If you’re concerned about brain-damaging lead in your home’s water, we’ve got solutions to ease your worry and create a safer home environment.

How to Protect Your Drinking Water

To keep your home and family healthy and safe, the first thing you’ll want to do is test your water. Most public water systems will perform tests on your water at your request, and you can call 311 for more information on how to ask for a water test for your home.

Next, you’ll want to stay informed about any work in your area that could potentially disturb your home’s lead service line. Projects like water main replacement or lead service line repair can cause a disturbance, meaning elevated levels of lead in your home’s water.

According to the Illinois EPA, it’s recommended that you run your taps for several minutes if it’s been a few hours since they were last used. There’s no set amount of time, but experts suggest flushing your taps for three to five minutes prior to using. You may also want to invest in water filters to further purify your water.

A more permanent solution to keeping the drinking water in your home safe for consumption is to call the experienced professionals at John Baethke & Son Plumbing. We offer residential repiping solutions that we will customize to suit your specific needs. Our experienced and certified plumbers offer top-notch service, and once your repiping is complete, we’ll return to your home for a final testing to make sure everything is perfect.

Keep your home and family safe by getting in touch with the experts at John Baethke & Son Plumbing today.