Ancient Rome’s Lead Problem and Its Meaning Today

Rome’s Plumbing Issues: Did you know that the mass system of underground pipes that run into just about every building, home, and establishment in the U.S. was once considered a sign of prosperity? Though they weren’t the first to have plumbing, the ancient Romans excelled in their intricate pipe systems that brought running water into homes, bath houses, and the popular town squares with their fountains. It took years to build the aqueducts and underground pipes that archeologists are still finding today. But more importantly, it took money. In war times and poor times, funds were lacking to repair many cities’ infrastructures including the plumbing and aqueducts, so there was a lack of societal progress. Recent discoveries have allowed us to understand this better through the Romans’ use of lead pipes. During their wealthier periods when new pipes were installed and old ones replaced, large lead particles would float through the water and eventually come out into the Tiber River. This water would soak the surrounding areas leaving large residues of lead. However, in poorer times, pipes were not kept up to date or replaced so the pipes began to be worn down. This resulted in a less visible presence of lead in the surrounding soil due to the lack of large particles from the new pipes. Wealthier times: updated plumbing and more lead residue. Poorer times: dilapidated or non-existent plumbing and less lead residue. See, the use of these certain pipes for underground plumbing has allowed archeologists to determine the rich and poor periods of Rome’s amazing history by examining the lead in certain layers of ground. Who...

Why You Need to Swap Out Your Galvanized Pipes

Galvanized Water Lines Attached below is a very informative article from a plumbing company in Chicago regarding replacing galvanized water pipes. For homes built pre-1970, this type of pipe was standard. However, as time passes, galvanized pipe will corrode, causing murky water, low water pressure, pipe leaks and more. In determining whether you have galvanized pipe, the article gives the following explanation, “When first installed, galvanized pipe looks similar to a nickel in color. But as it ages, galvanized pipe may appear much duller, lighter, or darker, depending on its environment. We’ve also seen homes where the water pipes have been painted, so it can be difficult to tell at first glance.”   Lead Water Lines The company’s blog post also discusses lead water lines. This type of pipe often installed before 1970 has been in the news lately due to a growing awareness of the health risks posed by lead in drinking water. APEX Plumbing specializes in the installation, repair, and replacement of water lines. We have helped hundreds of families in the Denver area stay safe from the dangerous effects of lead pipes. The Denver Water Department has mailed hundreds of letters to homeowners asking them to have their houses inspected for lead pipes. A program is currently underway in the City of Aurora to identify and replace lead water lines. If you have been contacted and it has been determined that you have pipes that need to be replaced, give us a call at (303) 215-1348. We specialize in underground “wet” utilities and can provide solutions for aging – and potentially dangerous – plumbing problems. Cick...