Homes built before 1970 are certainly more likely to have lead pipework, and it is estimated that around a third of older properties in the North West have lead pipes. Lead pipework may be inside your home, or it may be the pipe that connects your property to the water mains in the street. The risk of drinking water contamination is small but it’s still there. Really your best option for avoiding this risk is to have your old pipework replaced.
Firstly you need to be sure that you have lead water pipes. You can check this yourself by looking at the pipe supplying your domestic water supply. If it’s dull in colour, or it’s easy to mark with a knife it’s probably made of lead. If in any doubt, have it checked by a professional. If you’re considering replacing lead pipes, there are a few things you can do in the home to minimise you and your family’s exposure to lead in the meantime. In the morning flush the toilet or run the cold tap in the kitchen to flush out any standing water from the pipes left overnight. Only use the kitchen tap for drinks and preparing food. Please note that boiling water doesn’t remove lead content.
In the end, if you’ve got any doubts about your water supply, including whether you have lead pipes and if so, how to get them replaced, contact a professional. This way you know that the problem will be diagnosed and dealt with properly and efficiently, and you won’t have to worry about the potential health risks from exposure to lead in your water. We can replace your lead pipework with industry standard polyethylene pipes. These are clean, environmentally safe and very durable. We can usually do this with trenchless technology and impact moling, whereby we drill boreholes and pull through the replacement pipe.
You’ll benefit firstly from knowing that our methods will minimise disruption to your home and surrounding when carrying out the work, and secondly because once our work replacing the lead pipes is complete, you’ll have fresh pipework that will help to ensure that you and your family have a healthy, uncontaminated water supply.