DON’T DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH
Why replace my lead pipe!
Why replace my lead pipe! So many people ask this. There is an endless list of why you should consider lead pipe replacement & renewal of old lead water mains in Blackpool, Preston, Lancaster, Blackburn, Manchester, Southport, Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria or any of the surrounding Towns, These include the following reasons: Poor water pressure, Lead contaminated drinking water, Numerous repairs to leaking lead pipework, Burst lead water main, Problem water supplies, Boiler needs greater water supply, No water Etc, Etc, the list goes on..
Steve Hastings drainage can increase your water pressure using MDPE water pipe, you will notice the difference in water pressure immediately.
We also carry out water main repairs and Installations throughout the Lancashire, Cumbria, Preston, Manchester, Southport, Cheshire, Lancaster, Morcambe, Blackburn, Blackpool and Blackburn areas.
Learn more about Lead in your drinking water pipes, water mains etc- Take a look,
Reasons to replace your lead water supply pipe:
- Low water pressure
- Multiple bursts
- Furred up lead, copper or cast iron pipes
- If your property was built pre-1970
- Home renovation works
- New driveway being laid
- Increase flow for a more efficient combi boiler
- Replace potentially harmful lead pipes
- Cleaner drinking water for you and your family
In the past, lead was widely used for everything from plumbing to electronics.
It is now known that over time, exposure to lead can affect health, with the greatest risk being to children under six and to pregnant women.
As a result, the Government has banned the use of lead in many products, and it has not been used for water pipes since 1970. The Government also advises that we should minimise our exposure to lead from all sources, including drinking water.
You can find out more about the health issues here.
- This leaflet from the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) (PDF 100 KB opens in a new window)explains how lead can get into water and what you can do to safeguard health
- Public Health
If your home has been modernised since 1970 and all of the pipes from the water company’s stop valve outside your home to the kitchen tap have been replaced, there should be no lead pipe on your property.
However, a third of properties in the North West built before 1970 are believed to still have some lead plumbing. If you live in an older property, your supply pipe – the underground pipe that connects your home to the public water mains – could be made of lead, and there’s a chance that there may be some lead pipes inside your home.
Below are some simple ways to check if you have lead pipes.
Inside the house
Ask your neighbour – if their home has lead pipes, yours might too, especially if the two properties are of a similar age. Look in or behind kitchen cupboards (or in the cellar, garage or cupboard under the stairs) to find the pipe leading to the kitchen tap. To check if it is lead along as much of its length as possible, look out for the following:
- colour – unpainted lead pipes appear dull grey
- they are also soft and have irregular bends
- the scratch test – if they are gently scraped you’ll see the shiny, silver-coloured metal beneath
Outside the house
Open the flap of the stop valve outside your property. Examine the pipe leading from the stop valve to your house. You might want to ask your water company or a plumber to carry out this check for you as, in some cases, access can be difficult.
How will you know the difference between lead and other materials? Other pipe materials in common use are:
- copper – bright, hard and dull brown
- iron – dark, very hard and may be rusty
- plastic – typically blue but, if older, may be grey or black
If you do have lead pipes, don’t worry – there’s plenty you can do to minimise the risks to you and your family. However, the surest way to protect yourself and your family against the health risks from lead water pipes is to get them replaced by a steve Hastings drainage.
You are responsible for all pipes on your property – including internal pipes and the underground supply pipe that connects your home to the public water mains. If you do need to replace your water supply pipe, we can connect up your new pipe for free, once your plumber has installed it. We’ll also replace any remaining lead pipe beyond your property boundary.