Lead Pipe Replacement: 5 Signs to look for

At Watermains & Drains, we are dedicated to delivering expert water and drainage solutions and this includes lead pipe replacements. One question that we commonly get asked is: “how do I know when its time for my lead pipe to be replaced?” and our experts have collated the top 5 signs to watch out for.

Most pipes are designed to last decades, however if you have an older property or are in the process of completing a renovation it is important to check your pipes for the following signs to see if they need to be replaced. So, lets get to it – what is the first sign that you should look out for when it comes to lead pipe replacement?

1. Look out for cracks

This may sound like an obvious one, but looking out for cracks in your pipes is one of the first things that you should check for. Noticing a crack in a pipe is a pretty easy spot and you should be able to see water dripping as it passes through the pipe. If the pipe isn’t exposed, you should still check for any potential cracks in the system as leaks can cause more serious damage over extended periods of time.

One tip we suggest that you follow is to check for cracks in pipes if you notice mould, a wet wall or wet flooring.

2. Signs of corrosion

Another sign to watch out for is signs of corrosion round your property. One way to figure out if your pipes are corroding is if your drains or sink start to become clogged more often. It may be a case that other family members aren’t watching what they are putting down the sink. It could also however, be that your pipe is corroding from the inside out.

Once corrosion has set into the pipe, it isn’t a matter of if you should replace your pipe – it will be a matter of when you will need to replace it.

3. Decreased water pressure

This is another easy sign to spot that you may need your lead pipe replacing. If your water pressure is suddenly not as powerful, it could be a sign that you are having some issues with your pipes.

The trick to watch out for with decreased water pressure is that it is over a sustained period. If your pressure has dropped but only momentarily, you should monitor it over the coming weeks as it could be an issue in your local area.

If your water pressure is resolved after a few weeks, it could be that you need to replace your pipes as the old pipes may not be able to handle the water pressure that you need in your home.

4. Discoloured water

If your water is brown or yellow – it is definitely time to check for a replacement of your pipes. You water should be clear and if it looks like it has sediment floating through it or it is looks discoloured in any way, it could be a sign that your pipes are corroding.

It could also be possible that there is an issue within your local water supply, so make sure that you check with your local water supplier if it doesn’t clear.

5. Old pipes

Having old pipes can be dangerous and often older pipes can be made from harmful chemicals that can get into your water and along with repeated exposure can cause damage to your health including learning disabilities in kids and kidney problems.

How long should pipes last?

Different pipes have varying lifespans and this is how often they should be replaced:

  • Cast iron pipes: 75-100 years
  • Copper pipes: 50 years
  • Brass pipes: 40 years
  • Galvanised steel pipes: 20-50 years

If you have noticed any of the above signs, it could be time to get your lead pipes replaced. Here at Watermains & Drains Ltd, we have a professionals on hand who can give you advice about your procedure.

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