Lead pipe replacement

Replacing lead pipe for a customers water supply

Glasgow is famous for lead pipes.  Once the number one choice for piping for fresh water supplies to homes across the city, we now know of course that lead pipes can be bad for your health.

Most homes have had their lead pipes replaced but considering how many old homes there are in Glasgow, it is little surprise that there are still many homes that have lead pipes for their plumbing.

What a lot of people DON’T know is that while their home may have replaced its lead pipes many years ago, the water pipe that comes into the house may still be made of lead!

And that is exactly what we had this week when a customer called us because of a leaking pipe and a drop in the water pressure coming into the house.  As one of the most recommended plumbers in Glasgow, we managed to quickly trace the issue to an old lead pipe that have sprung a leak purely down to old age.  We replaced all of the lead pipe for the customer who was understandably rattled by the news that their water had come through lead pipes.  There drinking water is now safely entering the home through modern, safe piping and it is on to the next job for our plumbing team.

The dangers of lead pipes (taken from NHS Scotland)

Homes built prior to 1970 had a higher chance of using lead pipes to connect a property to the main water supply.  Lead pipes are a dull grey colour though are easy to scratch and reveal a shiny silver colour underneath.

Lead pipes can expose people top harmful levels of lead, especially in unborn babies and young children. Children absorb more lead than adults because their bones are growing.

The signs and symptoms in young children can include:

  • irritability and fatigue
  • loss of appetite and weight loss
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • hearing loss
  • developmental delay and learning difficulties

Symptoms in adults can include:

  • high blood pressure
  • abdominal pain
  • constipation
  • joint and muscle pain
  • pain, numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • headache
  • miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women
  • fatigue
  • memory loss

We replace lead water mains. Lots of houses in Glasgow still have lead pipework coming from the street into their house. Call JSL Plumbing today on 0141 406 1658 for more details.

Call us today for all your plumbing services in Glasgow: 0141 406 1658

  • Quick resolution of problem and good communication.
  • Very friendly throughout the process. Clear information given and very thorough. I will be using them again!
  • JSL Plumbing & Heating replaced a kitchen and a bathroom tap and fixed a toilet where the cistern was leaking into the bowl. He was personable and professional, and provided advice on which replacement taps we might want to get for the bathroom. He provided updates on his progress throughout, and the pricing was reasonable. We have used JSL before and would happily do so again. Have also recommended this company to others.
  • Job completed to our satisfaction. Bathroom and en-suite left tidy and work completed in the timescale agreed and charged as per the quote. Good quality fittings used. Would certainly use JSL Plumbing Services again in future.
  • Jim assessed the leak, which required repair and offered an honest appraisal. He was on time, polite and carried out the work as planned. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him and would use for a larger installation in the future.
  • Had a bent radiator pipe I needed replacing and as I'd already called them out thought I'd get some bath taps fitted. I'd been putting the job off as it was in a really awkward tight place and knew it wouldn't be pleasant. The plumber was happy to help and it didn't cost me as much as I expected for the time and fiddly nature of the job.
  • Very good service with work done quickly after contacting company.

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