Our Commitment to Kalamazoo & Water Quality

Plumbing in Kalamazoo is Our Passion

We’ve been sons and daughters of Kalamazoo almost our entire lives. As such, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to give back to the community.

In all areas of Kalamazoo County, we’ve donated our support, plumbing supplies, plumbing services, and plumbing planning to both public, non-profit, and underserved communities.

Whether it’s sponsoring a youth sports team or doing a complete buildout of a Habitat For Humanity project, or even donating our services to local government buildings like we did in Richland, MI and Kalamazoo, MI, we’re more than grateful to give back to the community that’s helped us so much.

kalamazoo plumber sponsored youth football team

Kalamazoo Plumber Habitat For Humanity

Kalamazoo Plumber Sponsors Youth Baseball Team

We Give Back Because We Care; And There’s a Lot to Care About

Our community in Kalamazoo is everything to us. It’s given us and our families so much: from employment and a thriving business, to relationships and friendships that will last to a lifetime. Kalamazoo is where we call home and we’re darn proud of it.

We are concerned though with our community’s water system

With the recent Flint water crisis, we’ve been alarmed and shocked at the potential for great damage to public health that can occur through water systems. We’ve recently been recommending to all of our clients to have their water tested for lead content. It’s a bigger problem than you might think and if you have lead water pipes leading into your home, it’s a problem you have to address immediately. We’re here to help.

According to a recent article on MLive.com:

“Kalamazoo replaces lead service lines during street restoration projects, repairs to service line breaks and whenever targeted sampling indicates lead and/or copper in the city’s water supply exceeds 15 parts-per-billion (ppb) — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory limit for lead in drinking water.

It’s worth nothing that 15 ppb is a regulatory measure and public health agencies and advocates consider that generous. The World Health Organization says that, while no level of lead is safe to drink, 10 ppb is guideline level for action. Virginia Tech researchers consider 5 ppb a “cause for concern.”

In 2014, Kalamazoo tested at 13 ppb. “

How to Find Out if You Have Lead Issues & What to Do About it

At Petro Plumbing & Mechanical, we want to be a part of the solution, not the problem. That’s why we’ve been glued to this story and concerned about the general health of our community’s water system, which is the second largest water system in the state of Michigan.

We’re here to be a resource and help wherever we can.

If your home was built before 1970, there’s a chance you could possibly have lead pipes in your home. Here’s a quick video from Severn Trent Water in the UK about how you can check if you have lead pipes in your household.

Here’s a link to an article from the CDC about what you can do if your home has lead service pipes leading into it.

Get In Touch With Us If You Think You May Have a Lead Problem

As a plumbing company, the safety of our customers is always paramount. If you believe that you may have a lead problem in your home, the best thing to do is replace all the lead piping that may be leading into or actually in your home.

Call us today for a free consultation about the water quality in your home.