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Lead pipe replacement
Lead pipe replacement

Lead Pipes

Why Replace?

Lead is a toxic substance to the human body, with lead poisoning in severe cases being fatal.

Everyone should be aware of the dangers of lead poisoning but children and pregnant women are particularly at risk.

For pregnant women the dangers include miscarriage or premature birth whilst for children lead poisoning can lead to learning difficulties.

But how do you get lead poisoning from lead pipes? Over time, flakes in the interior of lead pipes can be worn away and get into your water supply. The danger is when you then shower or drink from your taps, as you run the risk of lead poisoning from constant exposure.

Lead Poisoning


Symptoms of lead poisoning can include:

  • Abdominal pain and headaches

  • Irritability and fatigue

  • Loss of appetite and weight loss

  • Vomiting or constipation

  • Hearing or memory loss

  • High blood pressure

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • Pain, numbness or tingling of the extremities


Whilst some of these symptoms are more concerning than others, all should be taken seriously as lead poising can be fatal. If you suspect you or someone in your household is suffering from lead poising you should consult your doctor immediately. 

Are They Difficult To


In the past replacing pipes could mean extensive digging of trenches across your property with a lot of disruption.

Fortunately, this is no longer the case, with modern techniques such as Moling, DHC Utilities can replace pipes with minimal disruption to your gardens and driveways.

This solution has the added benefits of being cheaper and faster than traditional methods of digging a trench. Moling means in many cases we can complete the work in one day.

For a free, no obligation quote, contact us today on the form below and we would be happy to help.

Your Guide to Lead Pipe Replacement


DHC Utilities are an experienced lead pipe replacement contractor. We offer a wide range of services to our clients, including the installation of new lead pipes and the repair or replacement of existing ones. We have a team of qualified and experienced water main and drain experts who are familiar with the latest technologies and methods for lead pipe replacement.

We use only the highest quality materials and follow all industry standards to ensure the safety and longevity of your lead pipes.

Contact us today for a free consultation.

Why Isn't the Utility Company Replacing Lead Pipes?

1: Utility Companies are not always responsible for the water pipes on your property

2: They are only responsible for shared services and only for the drainage of dirty water, so the pipes running beyond your properties boundary, which is usually the edge of your garden

3: For shared services of  clean water, you as the  home owner are responsible

Why is it Important to Look after My Lead Pipes?
  • Lead is a toxic metal that can cause a range of health problems, including brain damage, kidney damage, and high blood pressure.

  • If lead pipes are not properly maintained, they can leach lead into the water supply, which can put people at risk of exposure to this harmful metal.

  • Regular inspection and repair of lead pipes can help protect the public from exposure to lead and other health hazards.

  • Lead pipes that are not properly maintained can also lead to water contamination, which can be a serious health risk for people who drink contaminated water.

  • Improperly maintained lead pipes can also cause property damage, as they can corrode and break over time. This can lead to costly repairs or even replacement of the pipes.


Moling is a trenchless method of installing underground piping, cables and other utilities without the need for excavating a trench. The process involves boring a hole through the ground and then pulling the desired utility through the hole. Moling is an efficient and cost-effective solution for many underground construction projects.

There are many benefits to using the moling method of installing underground utilities. Some of these benefits include:

  • Reduced disruption to above-ground traffic and activities

  • Less noise and dust pollution

  • No need for excavating a trench

  • Reduced impact on the environment

  • Quicker and easier installation process overall

How to Tell if You Have Lead Pipes...

Firstly, was your property built after 1970? If it was, you shouldn’t have lead pipes as more modern materials were used after this point.

If your property was built before 1970, there’s a good chance you might have lead pipes however. To check, look for the stop valve outside your property and the pipe it’s connected to. If the pipe;

  • Is a very dull grey colour

  • Has soft or irregular bends in it

  • Reveals a shiny metallic surface when the paint is scratched off


There is a high chance that you have lead pipe

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