What are PFAS?

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What are PFAS?

PFAS stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. They are chemicals which break down very slowly which means they will last a long time in the water if they are introduced into the water supply. These chemicals are known as forever chemicals due to the length of time it takes them to break down. PFAS have been found in the blood system of people and animals who are exposed to the chemicals. The chemicals are found in water, soil, animals and even in the air in some places.

Why are they so bad?

PFAS can have many negative effects on our health. They have been linked to a decrease in fertility and high blood pressure in pregnant women. They can affect children with low birth weight, accelerated puberty, bone variations, or behavioral changes. PFAS can cause various cancers and reduce the body’s immune system. They can cause a hormonal imbalance and even cause obesity in some people. These are just the known possible side effects, but there could be more. More research is necessary to determine the full effects of these chemicals.

How do I reduce my risk?

Find out if your water is contaminated. Ask your water company for their water quality reports or get your own tests done by a local plumber. If you are on a well, you should get your water tested as well. If your water is contaminated, limit your exposure to the water by drinking or cooking with another water source like bottled water. There are water filters and water treatment systems which can lower the level of PFAS in your water.

If you would like to have the water in your home treated, you can contact a professional like the plumbers here at JD Precision Plumbing Services and we can meet with you and discuss the options available to you.

For additional information you can visit the EPA’s website on PFAS at https://www.epa.gov/pfas