Lead Pipe Replacement Chester
If your house was built before the 1970s there is a chance that your pipes are made from lead and not plastic. Exposure to lead can cause health implications, including; damage to your kidneys and developing brain. The greatest risk is to children under six and pregnant women.
If you are living in an older house, we recommend you replace your lead pipes as soon as possible. At RPDNW, we offer a lead pipe replacement Chester service.
Lead Pipe Replacement Scheme
The Lead Replacement Scheme has been introduced to help eliminate any potentially harmful materials from your drinking water supply at home, introduced under the Domestic Lead Remediation (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2016
United Utilities are offering a £550 grant to those people who want to replace their lead supply pipes in their homes. Replacing these pipes will get rid of any harmful substances which pump through your lead pipes in your home.
If you live in the Chester Area and would like to apply for a Lead Pipe Replacement Grant, get in contact with our team today to find out how to apply.
Problems with Lead Pipes
There are various health issues that can be linked to lead pipes. As the Governments Drinking Water Inspectorate states, lead is toxic and can build up in our bodies, particularly among young children and pregnant women. These toxins can interfere with our metabolism of calcium and vitamin D, affect our mental well-being resulting in behavioural problems, and affect our central nervous system.
Backed up by the World Health Organisation (WHO), they explain that most lead in water arises from plumbing where the best solution is a lead pipe replacement. As a soft metal, the lead pipe wall is thicker to withstand the pressure of water supplies which tends to result in the internal bore becoming restricted, limiting the volume of water so the water flow fades away.
Therefore, lead pipe replacement will improve your overall health, the quality of your pipes and your water supplies.
How do I know if I need a Lead Pipe Replacement?
Of course, it isn’t mandatory that you replace your lead pipes. It’s not illegal to have lead pipes, however, it’s strongly recommended for your own health that you do replace these pipes. To check if your house has lead pipes, you can find the water pipe that leads to your kitchen sink.
If these pipes are made from lead then they’ll feel quite soft and be lead coloured. It’s also likely that if your neighbour has a property of a similar age to yours and they have lead pipes, then you do too. You can also check the piping from the stop value to your house by opening the flap of the stop valve located outside your property. If this is difficult to access, one of our team can always check this for you.
You may also notice a leaking supply pipe that requires a lead pipe replacement from a damp patch in your garden, driveaway or anywhere noticeable in dry weather, if your grass is greener in some places more than others, if your water pipes are making a constant hissing noise, or if there’s a significant drop in water pressure.
Lead Pipe Replacement Scheme
Ensuring your lead pipes are working efficiently is crucial to avoid serious long-term health issues with poor water flow. If you suspect that your lead pipes are in need of a pipe replacement, then it’s essential that you request a replacement as soon as possible.
Here at RPD, we operate a popular lead pipe replacement scheme alongside United Utilities where we can carry out the pipe replacement and certify it without further inspections; this will save you time and money when replacing lead water pipes. You could benefit from a £550 grant with our lead pipe replacement scheme if you live in a property that was built before 1970.
This popular lead pipe replacement scheme was initially introduced to remove any materials from your drinking water supplies that could potentially harm you. This grant is to be used for a lead pipe replacement to remove any harmful substances which are in your water supplies. You can get in touch with our team today for more information on this lead pipe replacement scheme.
Replacing Lead Pipes with Plastic
Lead pipes were commonly used in the years before the 1980s, the use of lead has since been banned by the government for water pipes and other pipelines. If you have any lead pipes in your home, it’s important that you look into replacing these with plastic as soon as possible.
It’s possible that copper pipes or galvanised steel can be used as a replacement for lead, although our first choice would be PVC plastic pipes. This is because copper pipes can be quite expensive and have the potential to leech into your water resulting in nausea from overconsumption. Plastic pipes are much more cost-efficient and certainly less toxic when compared to copper.