What other sources of lead are there in my home?

Other sources of lead include plumbing fixtures (faucets, valves, fittings, etc.), indoor copper plumbing pipes with lead solder, and lead paint. Lead paint in homes is typically the greatest contributor to lead exposure for young children.

Lead solder was commonly used to join copper pipes until around 1986 when it was banned.  As lead solder is in direct contact with copper pipe, lead could be released into the drinking water. Lead paint was banned for residential use in 1978. Homes built before this time may have lead-based paint and dust contaminated with lead-based paint.

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1. What is a water service line?
2. Who owns the water service line on my property?
3. What type of materials are service lines made of?
4. What other sources of lead are there in my home?
5. How do I find where the water service line is on my property?
6. How does lead get into the drinking water?
7. Why is Lead a Public Health Risk?
8. What is the Revised Lead and Copper Rule?
9. What is the City of Norfolk doing about lead service lines?
10. How do I know if I have a lead or galvanized steel service line that needs to be replaced?
11. What should I do if I am concerned about lead in my drinking water?
12. How do I report my water service line material to the City of Norfolk?
13. If my home’s plumbing has a lead service line or lead solder, how can I protect myself?
14. What should I do if I suspect lead poisoning?