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Question DetailsAsked on 3/21/2012

are there any harmful side effects if the brass finish is coroded off of a bathroom faucet, and the metal(maybe lead) underneath is exposed

i have 3 brass bathroom faucets that have spots where the finish is corroded off. The metal underneath is exposed, and I am afraid it is lead.
Can this be dangerous to our health?

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It's almost a certainty your faucet is not constructed of lead. So you shouldn't have to worry about lead exposure when the polished brass or antique brass finish fails on your faucet.

Most likely your faucet valve body is constructed of what's commonly referred to as "pot or white metal" or brass. White metal appears whitish when exposed and being corroded, and could possibly appear to be lead. White metal doesn't contain lead as far as I'm aware. Older brass does contain lead. However, your risk of lead exposure, if there's any, would be from ingesting water from the faucet, not from it being exposed on the surface. I've never heard of anyone getting lead poisoning from a faucet being constructed of brass, even if the brass used in that construction does contain some small amount of lead.

If I were you I wouldn't worry.

Answered 8 years ago by Geno Gardner

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