Lead pipe regulations?

October 25, 2012 | 1 Comment

What are the lead pipe regulations for minor work?

What are the lead pipe regulations and is it against the law to fix the Lead Pipe. I had got a phone call from a customer asking for an Emergency Plumber Sheffield saying he had drilled through a lead pipe. First thing I said to the customer was, “no problem, we will be to you within 30 – 90 minutes“. The only problem I had was, the Plumber didn’t want to go to the job because he was un-sure of the lead pipe regulations. What he had mentioned was, the regulations stated that, lead pipe must not be repaired but replaced completely. This then had become frustrating for me but managed to get an alternative plumbing engine. I then found it my duty to get the facts right and stop this from arising in the future. So the search for the lead pipe regulations begone.


Lead Pipe Regulations

Regulations for lead pipe

I manage to find all the relevant information for the lead pipe regulations. It wasn’t easy to understand for the average reader but it does mention certain points on the lead pipe regulations. Due to this legislation I can now confirm that it is OK to do a minor repair on lead pipe work. This is without replacing the complete lead pipe installation.

Although the regulations have not been made clear enough. Also mention other laws on lead pipe that run along side regulations or to mention any other point.

If you are selling a house you must replace the lead mains. Unfortunately finding lead pipe underground in a survey may be impossible. When fitting a new kitchen or bathroom, all the lead pipe work must be replaced unless this is classed as minor work. Minor work in a bathroom may be classed as replacing a leaky bath or a broken toilet. The laws change when it is found to be classed as a commercial place as there must not be any trace of lead pipework in the building or underground at all.

Lead Drinking Water

Lead Water

Who Invented Lead pipe?

The history of lead pipe came from Roman Plumbing when the word Plumber was another name for Lead. The reason lead was discontinued was because of lead poisoning, especially when there was soft water. Hard water gives of a coating in the lead pipe, stopping you from getting lead poisoning. Before World War II the water supply was built up using wood mostly around the London area.

After the 1800’s it was very common to use lead pipework where there was no lead pipe regulations. In the 1900’s the lead pipe regulations had started to get to grips. In the late 1900’s there was a lot of speculations, lead water was bad on health. There was a big shift in 1992 when the lead pipe regulations became that tight it has not changed ever since. The only difference is that the targets for lead in the water for 25th December 2003 had to be no more than 25 micro grammes of lead per litre of water. 25th December 2013 the ratio of lead in water is to be 10 micro grammes of lead per litre of water. This is the equivalent to 1 part lead in 100,000,000 parts of water.

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1 Comment so far

  1. John Fenney on March 13, 2013 9:31 pm

    You mention on your website ‘If you are selling a house you must replace the lead mains’. Any chance you can direct me to the relevant legislation ?
    There is a lead pipe that runs below my property, which only supplies my next door but one neighbour.(confirmed by UU). This pipe appears to be leaking and causing damp in my property. They currently have their house up for sale so I would like to approach them in the hope they will resolve this

    Kind Regards

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