Do You Need To Replace Lead Pipes?

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Years ago lead pipes were widely used in plumbing but these days we know that extended exposure to lead can be a health risk. Most lead water pipes in the UK have now been replaced but not all of them. If you suspect that your property may have them you could be looking to replace lead pipes and wondering whether it’s really worth the expense and disruption to your property.

At Budget Rod we’re often asked to replace lead pipes at properties across the Northwest. We do so with minimal disruption and at a reasonable price. Since any amount of exposure to lead can cause health problems for some people – especially, but not exclusively, pregnant women and young children – our suggestion is always to not gamble with your health and to ensure you replace your lead pipes. We provide a free up front quotation before performing any works, so you have nothing to lose by at least obtaining a quote.

How do you know if you need to replace lead pipes?

Firstly, don’t worry about whether or not you have lead pipes. If your property was built after 1970 then it won’t have. Lead hasn’t been used in plumbing since then. If your home has been modernised and the pipes replaced at any time since 1970 then you’re safe too. If your home pre-dates 1970 and you’re unsure about the state of the pipes, there are a few ways that you can find out whether you have lead pipes.

United Utilities suggests that:

You start by asking your neighbours whether they have or have replaced lead pipes. If your homes were built at the same time and they have had to replace lead pipes then you may do too

You find the pipe that leads to your kitchen tap and check the colour. Unpainted lead pipes are dark grey and when scratched they reveal the shiny silver metal underneath.

If your taps are copper in colour or obviously plastic then you do not need to replace lead pipes. There is also a chance that they could be made from iron. That can be recognised as a very hard material that may have some rust.

If it does turn out that you have lead pipes you can take precautions  to minimise the risks from them but we wouldn’t advise it. Contact Budget Rod right away and we’ll replace lead pipes for you.

How to replace lead water pipes

If you own a house, you are responsible for the pipes in your home, under your home and all the way up to the point where the pipes from your property connect with the water main. We are drainage specialists, so our team of trained experts can replace these pipes for you. Once we have, your water supplier will connect the new pipes up to the main for you, as part of the lead replacement scheme.

If you need to replace lead pipes, don’t wait. Lead pipes are a health risk that can be easily avoided and one not worth taking. Ring Budget Rod today if you suspect your pipes to be lead and want a quotation for replacement.

Do Your Sewers Need Drain Jetting?

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It’s easy for drains and sewers to become blocked over time with internal and external debris clogging up your pipes. If they aren’t maintained, you’ll face problems such as blocked and cracked drains which prevent your water systems from functioning properly. One way of preventing these problems from repeatedly occurring is our drain jetting service. A thorough, powerful clean of your drains is just what your water systems need!

How does drain jetting work?  drain jetting service

Drain jetting works by pushing clean water through a high pressure hose to blast away dirt, grime, and debris to free the drains from blockages. The equipment can extend far into the pipe to access hard to reach areas, make their way around bends, and apply extra force for those stubborn blockages.

No matter the type or size of the drain, drain jetters can remove blockages from any drain. The high speed of our drain jetters can remove the toughest of blockages caused by outdoor debris, grease and waste.

Drain jetting is not only useful for solving problems when they occur by removing blockages, it’s a great way of maintaining clean and clear drains so that these problems never happen and you don’t have to face your washing facilities breaking down. Drain jetting will improve the efficiency of your drains and ensure that nothing is stopping your water from flowing freely.

Our Professional Drain Jetting Service

Our drain jetting service is super fast and effective with little disruption to your daily life. You can go about your business while we get to get to work thoroughly cleaning your drains. Our drain jetting machines are of the highest quality to produce quality results. We use the latest technology to blast away blockages efficiently and effectively.

Whether you have a blockage or not this service is worthwhile for the healthy condition of your drains and preventing potential problems in the future. It is a cost effective method of clearing blocked drains and regular maintenance of your drains will prevent large repair costs in the future.

Be sure to contact the leading drain jetters in Liverpool by calling Budget Rod on 0151 268 8716. Today!

Do You Need Emergency Drain Unblocking?

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Blocked drains emanate unpleasant smells and prevent you from using your washing and toilet facilities. They need to be resolved immediately and having them unblocked by professionals is the best (and fastest) method of doing this. Blocked drains are a huge hassle and get in the way of daily life, however, emergency drain unblocking shouldn’t be something you dread. Here at Budget Rod we make unblocking your drains as hassle-free as possible so that you can quickly return to daily life!

My drains are blocked, what do I do?

The first signs of blocked drains may be a smell when using your water systems or the failure of your toilet or sinks being able to drain smoothly and quickly.  The responsibility of unblocking drains lies with you as the property owner, so the first step that many people take is to try and unblock their drains themselves. This is a messy and dangerous task if you’re not a professional (it’s still messy as a professional!).

Simply using a shop bought plunger for drain unblocking is not sufficient, the way we do it is by locating the manhole and using specialist equipment to unblock the drainage system. Prevent further damage and save yourself time and energy by giving the responsibility to a trained professional such as our team at Budget Rod.

How can Budget Rod help?

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The Budget Rod team are experts when it comes to drain unblocking. We have all of the knowledge and equipment to speedily remove waste from your pipes and drains. No matter the size of your pipes we can unblock them, whether it’s a small kitchen pipe or a large external terrain waste pipe.

We not only unblock drains – if a replacement is required we should also be your first port of call. From the moment we arrive at your property we get to work by finding the source of the blockage using specialist methods such as CCTV drain surveys which can check the condition of your pipes and drains and prevent further blockages in the future. We unblock and check the condition of your pipes and drains as unobtrusively as possible, so much so that
you won’t even know we’ve been. We will leave
your property clean and running smoothly.

Emergency Drain Unblocking

If you notice that your drains are blocked you should act fast. You need professionals who can be out to your property in no time ready to get to work. Luckily for you, Budget Rod specialise in emergency drain unblocking as we have super-fast call out times at affordable prices across Wirral, Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington, and Wrexham.

We’re called Budget Rod for a reason, as we understand that drain blockage is an inconvenience in your life and another bill to add to your list. That’s why we strive to keep our prices competitive at all times.

Don’t hesitate to give Budget Rod, leading drain specialists in the North West, a call on
0151 268 8716 if you need our emergency drain unblocking service.