Firstly head to our news page to read about the risks of having lead water pipes in your home. If your home was built before 1970 and has not been modernised there is a high chance that the water pipes are made of lead. There are a few ways in which you can find out what your water pipes are made of. Firstly, ask your neighbours! They may know or even have investigated lead piping themselves.
Inside: have a look behind the cupboards in your kitchen and sink, look at the pipe material used.
Outside: If you open the flap at the stop valve outside your home you should be able to visibly see the small water pipes which carry the water in and around your home.
There are a couple of techniques available when it comes to replacing lead pipes. We can "mole" a new pipe in or dig an open track trench to replace it. The best method of replacement is dependent on the individual job so let us arrange a visit to view and discuss your options.
If you suspect that you have a leak, act quickly. A burst pipe does not only stop water coming out your taps, but it can cause flooding and damage to your property, so you need to get it fixed immediately. Homeowners are responsible for the maintenance and repair of water pipes within the boundaries of their property. If you suspect you have a leak there is a simple check you can do. Take a meter reading over a quiet period so that you can work out your average consumption. This proves most effective when done when your water consumption should be at its lowest - for example, first thing in the morning or last thing at night > if there is a higher consumption than expected, this could indicate a leak. If you think a burst water pipe might be causing an incorrect increase in your water bill, then give us a call and we will help.
We have a very well recommended plumbing & heating engineer available for all your internal clean water needs. Please contact us directly with any issues or upcoming projects. We will gladly investigate these with you.