How will I know if I have lead pipes?

Many houses built before 1970 have lead plumbing and also a lead supply pipe (the underground pipe which connects your home to the water main in the street). If your home was built after 1970, it is unlikely to have lead pipes. 

A simple check is to look at the pipework in your kitchen. Find the pipe leading to the internal stop tap (usually under the kitchen sink). Lead pipes are dark grey (under any paint) and are soft and easily marked. If in doubt, ask a plumber to check for you.

We also have lots of helpful advice about lead pipes here.

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Related Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get in touch about replacing lead or common supply pipes?

If you want to replace a lead or common supply pipe, you can fill in an online application form or call us on 0345 072 6082.

When replacing lead pipes can I get help to cover the cost?

If you're considering replacing any lead pipes inside your home, it might be an idea to speak to your local council to see if they have any grants available to help with the cost.

What if I don't want to replace my lead plumbing?

There are a few simple things you can do to minimise any health risks from lead pipes without having to replace the actual pipe.