A study at the University of Sheffield has shown that contaminants can enter pipes through leaks. When there is a leak, mains water is normally forced out through pressure, but if there is a significant pressure drop in a damaged part of a pipe, water can actually be sucked in through the hole. Previously the assumption was that only clean water from the leak would be sucked in, but this latest study has proven that groundwater can also be sucked in and remain in the pipe.
As contaminants are found in groundwater, these would then travel through the damaged pipe into the domestic pipe network. UK drinking water is rigorously tested for contaminants, but this research does mean that leaking pipes, and consequent pressure drops, can post some sort of health risk for domestic water consumers.
Persistently low water pressure is often a telltale sign of a leaking or damaged water main pipe. Leaks can be caused by a variety of things, and they may result simply from a water mains supply pipe being old and degraded.
If you encounter any signs that your domestic water supply has changed, either through the quality of the water itself, or if your water pressure has dropped noticeably, it’s worth getting it checked out.
Our professional pipework services include leak detection and water main installation. Where the water supply reaches your property after the stopcock from the street supply is your responsibility. Any damaged or leaking pipework within your property boundary is yours to deal with.
Let us relieve your pressure and have a look at what’s causing your water supply issues. You don’t want to risk your family’s health from a contaminated water main supply on top of the inconvenience of low water pressure. We have the necessary to technology to investigate, assess and replace your main supply in the most cost effective and least disruptive manner.
When it comes to water main installation, you want a reliable supply of clean, safe water to your home. We can make sure that’s what you’re getting.