Will removing lead pipes cause a problem with electrical earthing?

In the past, it was not uncommon for the lead water supply pipe to be used as an electrical earth for some homes. You may wish to check with an electrician, or your electricity distribution company, before getting your lead pipe replaced, just to make sure that your earthing is not affected if you decide to replace any lead pipes in your home.

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Related Frequently Asked Questions

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).

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.