If you think your property has a lead pipe supply, it’s worthwhile considering a lead replacement service, as water contaminated from lead can expose anyone using the water to health risks. Water contamination occurs when water is left standing in lead pipes and microscopic particles dissolve into the water.
Before 1970, most water pipes were made from lead, which means if you live in an older property, it’s possible that the underground service pipe between your property and the boundary may still be lead, which is potentially hazardous. Lead is a toxic metal that can affect the metabolism of calcium in bones and interfere with the central nervous system.
Changing your lead pipes for new, plastic (MDPE) pipes is the only way to completely eliminate the risk and will give you both peace of mind and superior quality drinking water. J&E Utility Services Ltd is experienced in replacing lead water pipes in both commercial and residential properties across the Midlands.
Our dedicated team will provide an accurate and competitive quote for replacing your lead supply pipe, and your renewal would be handled by our specialist engineers using the latest trenchless technology.
It is easy to see whether your pipes are made from lead
Look for your internal stop tap and see what colour the pipe is. If it is blue plastic on the inlet side of the stock tap, you already have modern pipework in place. If it is metal, scratch the surface with a coin to reveal whether it is lead or not. Scratching it will reveal a shiny surface on lead pipes. If it isn’t shiny they aren’t lead.
Low water pressure caused by lead pipes
Old lead pipes tend to be narrow and over time can become furred up with limescale, especially if you live in a hard water area. This reduces the pressure and flow of water inside your pipes.
Also, older lead water pipes and fittings are more prone to leaks, which is another reason to replace your lead water pipes.
Replacing underground lead pipes with plastic (MDPE) pipes
When we replace old, underground lead pipes, we don’t dig unsightly trenches through your garden, driveway or patio. Instead, we use trenchless technology (moling) that saves time and money as there’s no large-scale excavation required.
Single supply pipes
The water supply pipe is the one that brings water into your home from the mains in the street. If you own the house, you are responsible for the maintenance of this pipe.
The water that leaves the treatment works and travels along a network of pipes is virtually lead-free. The lead found in tap water is usually caused by lead pipework supplying the house or used for internal plumbing.
Common supply pipes
Many older properties, such as terraced houses, are served by a common supply pipe. This pipe provides water to a number of houses from one single connection to the water main.
These supply pipes are usually made of lead or iron and are often too small for the water needs of modern kitchens and bathrooms. If you are on this type of system, you might notice that your water flow is poor and is affected when your neighbours use their water.
If you are on a shared supply with your neighbours, we can advise of the best way forward to install your new supply. For more information about our lead pipe replacement service, call us on 01785 781095.