Lead Replacement

Lead pipe replacement in water mains

Lead pipes can cause serious long term health issues and the smaller bore often results in poor water flow.

Our engineers can replace your existing lead water pipe quickly and efficiently, from the boundary to the rising main stopcock within the property, using impact moling (see pipe replacement and moling).

We are approved by the Water Industry (WIAPS), Anglian Water, Affinity Water and we are a member of the Thames Water approved Plumbers Scheme.

We install a new MDPE (blue poly) water replacement supply pipe, to comply with your local Water Authority regulations, and the disruption to your supply will typically be only 20 – 40 mins.

Problems with Lead

Health Issues

The Governments Drinking Water Inspectorate (consumer/advice leaflets) warns that lead is toxic and can build up in the body, particularly in young children and pregnant women. It interferes with the metabolism of calcium and Vitamin D, affects the central nervous system, can effect mental well-being and produce behavioural problems.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) also lists lead as a possible human carcinogen – (Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality/ Chemical Facts sheets/ toxological review) and states that most lead in water arises from plumbing, and the remedy is to remove plumbing and fittings containing lead.

Poor Water Supply

As lead is a soft metal, the pipe wall is thicker to withstand the pressure. This usually results in the internal bore being smaller and restricted. In turn, this limits the volume of water , so when several appliances are run at the same time, the flow noticeably fades away.