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.