They’re in the news. They’re the topic of recent documentaries and dramatic “based on a true story” movies. No, it’s not Hollywood’s hottest new couple. It’s hazardous man-made chemicals called Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) – aka “forever chemicals”.
What Are PFAS?
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are artificial chemicals that been used used in industry and consumer products since the 1950s. PFAS are most recognizably found in nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, certain cosmetics, fire extinguishing foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil. The use and production of these materials allow for the harmful PFAS to become a common contaminant infiltrating our soil, water, air, food…and ultimately our everyday lives.
The Scary Truth
Exposure to PFAs can be extremely detrimental to our health. Current studies show that exposure can cause reproductive issues, developmental defects and delays, increased risk of prostate, kidney, and testicular cancer, decreased immune system function, inference with hormonal levels, and increased risk of high cholesterol and obesity. Not a great track record if you ask us. To make matters worse, these studies are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to studying the effects of PFAS exposure. There are many variables that make this field of study still pretty fresh, so we are keeping our eyes out as more and more information is published.
But Wait, There’s (Unfortunately) More…
If you aren’t already scared by PFAS, then brace yourself for what we think is the most unnerving fact about them.
According to the EPA, many types of PFAS break down incredibly slowly, which leads to increased build-up in people, animals, and the environment over time.
So not only are we having to worry about these “forever chemicals” lurking at every corner, but now we are having to think about how much is building up in our bodies. Overall, PFAS are bad news bears.
Is There Anything Redeeming About This Blog?
Why, yes, yes, there is! While PFAS are prominent, there are certain steps you can take to lower and even eliminate your exposure to them. Here’s a list of a few tips you can implement in your home to say “peace out” to PFAS!
- Use cast iron cookware instead of nonstick cookware
- Research the products you’re buying to ensure they are free of any PFAS – Check out PFAS Central for a list of approved products!
- Regularly change the air filters in your home
- Invest in a whole-house water filtration system
- Be mindful of the food you consume, specifically fish and fast food as both of these can contain higher amounts of PFAS than other foods
At Robertson Family Water, we understand how important it is to keep your home happy and healthy. That’s why we are so passionate about helping families learn more about their water quality and how to avoid harmful contaminants just like the “forever chemicals” we’ve discussed today. If you are interested in learning more about your water, schedule a free in-home water test! Ready to go ahead and invest in your whole-house water filtration system? Schedule a free 30-minute equipment consultation. Whichever you need, our locally-owned family business would love to take care of you. If you have any additional questions about PFAS and how a water filtration system can help lower your exposure to them, give our office a call at (615) 895-6600 today!