Can You Get Lead Poisoning From Ceramic Leaching Into Water? - Mayu Water Answers

Can You Get Lead Poisoning From Ceramic Leaching Into Water?

Lead leaching into your drinking water is not something to be taken lightly. Lead can leach from corroded ceramic pipes and plumbing or from ceramic crockery.

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Published September 28, 2022.

Lead has long been used in the production of ceramics. When lead is used as a glaze, it gives the product a smooth, glass-like finish. If the ceramic is not baked for long enough at a high enough temperature, the lead can leach into food and water and cause lead poisoning. There are several potential sources of ceramics in your house that can leach lead into your drinking water that you should be aware of.

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How Ceramic Lead Ends Up in Your Drinking Water

Lead ends up in your drinking water when plumbing materials made from ceramic corrode. These plumbing materials include the service line that connects the water main to your home, the solder in your plumbing system, or the older ceramic faucets and valves. The other common way for lead to end up in your drinking water is through ceramic crockery, for example, a ceramic mug.

Fortunately, a good quality water filter is effective for reducing the concentration of lead in your drinking water.

Critical Symptoms of Lead Poisoning to Watch Out For

Other contaminants can make water taste bitter. However, lead is entirely flavorless, which makes it more dangerous—you could be exposed unknowingly to a highly contaminated water supply.

The critical symptoms of lead poisoning include fatigue, constipation, abdominal pain, arthralgias, myalgias, hypertension, headaches, renal impairment, and microcytic anemia. Lead poisoning can be either acute or chronic, although chronic lead poisoning is more common. Symptoms typically don't appear until dangerous amounts have accumulated in the body. If you suspect you have lead poisoning, seek immediate medical attention.


If you suspect that your water contains lead, contact your local water supplier and have them test your water. Invest in a quality water filter and minimize the use of any ceramic crockery that could be leaching lead.

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