Lead, a metal found in natural deposits, is commonly used in household plumbing materials and water service lines. The greatest exposure to lead is swallowing or breathing in lead paint chips and dust.
But lead in drinking water can also cause a variety of adverse health effects. In babies and children, exposure to lead in drinking water above the action level can result in delays in physical and mental development, along with slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. In adults, it cause increases in blood pressure. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.
Lead is rarely found in source water, but enters tap water through corrosion of plumbing materials. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. However, new homes are also at risk: even legally “lead free” plumbing may contain up to 8% lead. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures which can leach significant amounts of lead into the water, especially hot water.
Dangers of Lead Toxicity: Lead is a heavy metal that is toxic at low levels. Pb atomic number 82 is its designation on the periodic table. Organic and inorganic compounds of lead are dangerous. Lead is very soft metal that is a poor conductor for electricity. Because it doesn’t corrode easily, it is used to contain metals. It occurs in nature but not usually. It’s found in ores like zinc and silver, but mostly in copper.
Lead was recognized as poisonous from ancient times. In the 20th century, the threat it posed was cause for the paint manufacturers to significantly reduce the lead used in their paints. The decrease was also made in gasoline, water systems, and solders.
Lead Is In More Places Than You Know. Heavy Metals refer to those metallic elements with a high density (though not always high), and which are poisonous at fairly low concentrations. Heavy metals are naturally occurring components of the earth which cannot be destroyed or degraded. Also, in small quantities, some of the heavy metals, like zinc and copper, are necessary for healthy functioning of the human body.
Even useful heavy metals can become trapped and reach dangerous levels in the body. These metals trapped in the body’s tissue are not easily removed and relatively low levels can diminish health. Heavy metals stimulate the production of free radicals in the body. Excessive free radical activity has various negative effects on the body.
What Is The Harm In Lead Toxicity? Lead is a very old poison. It has been used for centuries in various capacities throughout time. Historically, people have suffered from its effects. The record of problems that have occurred as a result of lead poisoning includes sicknesses such as gout and colic. The damage it does in the body includes lethargy, abdominal pain, nausea, headaches and in serious cases, you may experience seizures and coma.
- Gastrointestinal problems are possible, such as constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, poor appetite, weight loss and anemia.
- In fetuses and small children the danger can be developmental. Most directly it is recorded as manifesting as learning disorders. Lead toxicity affects the central and peripheral nervous system.
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