Why should I flush water lines?

The more time water has been sitting in your home's pipes, the more lead it may contain. This is true even if you do not have a lead service line because plumbing fixtures like faucets and valves can contain small amounts of lead. After you have flushed your plumbing, filling up a container of water and storing it in the refrigerator for drinking and cooking throughout the day will reduce your lead exposure.

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1. When should I flush water lines in my house?
2. Why should I flush water lines?
3. How long should I run water to flush water lines in my house?
4. How can I conserve water when flushing water lines?
5. What other ways can I flush the lead service line?
6. When should I find alternatives to flushing / when is flushing not recommended?
7. I get my drinking water from my refrigerator; does its filter remove lead?
8. What should I do if my water service line has been worked on (e.g., cut, repaired or replaced)?
9. What should I do if my lead service line has been worked on (e.g., cut, repaired or replaced)?