Picture a house with an impressive, wide sweeping driveway. Imagine that this driveway has been manufactured in a nice shade of stone, perfectly complementing the brickwork on the house that overlooks it. But also consider that beneath the surface there are things requiring improvement and modernisation. The crucial issue is with the pipework carrying the main water supply to the property.

The new owners have discovered they have old lead pipework, and that the previous occupants, despite lavishing care and attention on the house and its surroundings, have neglected to replace the lead pipes. This then becomes a discussion point, weighing up the potential disruption of lead water main replacement against the known health risks and general undesirability of continuing to have lead pipework.

Their decision would be made a lot easier if the property owners were aware that the amount of disruption could be minimised by employing modern methods for lead water main replacement. The use of trenchless technology and impact moling means that underground holes can be drilled without causing damage to the driveway. New pipework can then be pulled through these boreholes with the minimum of disturbance.

Older properties are far more likely to have lead water pipes. It may be that although a house has been redecorated and, to an extent modernised, this aspect has been left in its original state. Modern techniques in lead water main replacement mean that bringing the water supply pipe up to date doesn’t have to be a problem or cause undue disruption to the property.

So now imagine the same sweeping driveway and beautiful house, but think of how improved this scene is by the changes that you can’t actually see: this older property now has brand new pipework constructed from durable polyethylene. With the lead water main replaced, the house has a water supply to match its pristine appearance.