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Historically lead pipework was used to connect properties to the water mains. Today, it is widely recognised that exposure to lead should be minimised for health reasons

Prior to 1970 lead was commonly used for pipework in and around properties because it was flexible yet robust. However, the use of lead pipework was banned in 1969, so properties built since this time are highly unlikely to contain lead pipework.

If you want to check the pipework in your property the best place to start is where the water supply enters your house. This is normally in the kitchen but can be elsewhere and is typically where the internal stopcock is located. Lead pipes are normally dark grey in colour but if gently scraped shiny silver-coloured marks appear

Most houses have been re-plumbed above ground level but there may still be lead pipework in the ground under your property. This pipework is the responsibility of the property owner?

Most water authorities are offering a lead replacement scheme, meaning if you replace all the lead pipe on your property, they will then replace the lead pipe back to the main which feeds the street free of charge.

To make sure your property is eligible to this service you can contact your Local Water Authority and they will confirm whether or not they will replace their side for free.

At Essential Water Services (UK) Ltd we can provide extensive knowledge and experience to advise on lead problems in order to provide the most cost effective & efficient resolution for our customers

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