Before I replace lead pipes what can I do in the short term?

There are a few simple things you can do to minimise any health risks from lead pipes.

Run the water: when you wake up in the morning, run the cold tap in the kitchen to flush out any water that has been standing in the pipes overnight. A sink full should do it. You can always use this water for your plants.

Flush the loo: flushing the loo will also do the job of clearing any water that has been standing in the pipes overnight.

Use the kitchen tap: only use water from the cold tap in the kitchen for drinks and food preparation. You can find more tips here.

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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).

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.

How do I get in touch about replacing lead pipes?

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