I live in an apartment and recently, the water pipes were replaced. We were told that the old pipe joints were prone to failure, so it was necessary to replace the water pipes.
Flowguard **** cpcv cement was used on the new pipes. However, after the water was turned back on, the hot and cold water smelled like the cpcv cement. Also, the water had an unusual taste.
I'm assuming that since the water repipe was performed in a short time span (6 hours, from start to finish for four 2-bedroom apartments), not enough time was given to let the cement to completely dry and release its volatile chemical components, and now, the chemical components are being released into the water.
My questions are:
(1) if traces of flowguard **** cpvc cement are in the water, is the water safe to drink?
(2) if not, how long should we wait until all the chemical components of the cement have been "flushed out" of the system? Four 2-bedroom apartment units were re-piped at the same time, and all four units share a "common" water pipe. So, i'm also assuming that it will require that all four units will need to individually flush their portions of the line.
(3) is there a water-testing service that i can send water samples to test that the water is "safe"?
Please advise. Thank you.