How do I know if I have a lead service line going to my house?

You can 1) hire a licensed plumber to inspect the plumbing and do a plumbing inspection on your home; or 2) look at the plumbing in your basement yourself and look for things like pipe color, copper-colored or grey.  Copper plumbing is reddish in color. Grey pipe is likely galvanized pipe and contains lead. A magnet will stick to galvanized pipe. If a magnet does not stick to gray pipe, the pipe is likely not galvanized.

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1. What is lead?
2. How can I be exposed to lead?
3. How does lead get into the water supply?
4. How can I prevent being exposed to lead in my water?
5. What should I do if I’m concerned about lead in my drinking water?
6. Why does flushing the water before drinking make it safe?
7. What are some of the health problems lead can cause?
8. Where can I get my child’s blood tested for lead?
9. What does an "elevated blood lead level" mean?
10. Should I have my child tested for lead?
11. What does the data show about children with elevated blood lead levels?
12. Where can I go to get my water tested?
13. Will it cost me anything to get my water tested for lead?
14. How was lead in the water discovered?
15. What is being done to solve this problem?
16. What else is the Berrien County Health Department doing?
17. What is a lead service line?
18. How do I know if I have a lead service line going to my house?
19. What about restaurants in the City of Benton Harbor? What are the recommendations?
20. Where can I go to find more information?