I’ve had a problem with a slowly leaking lead pipe that was hidden at the bottom of wall at the rear of the existing extension. Even after a week of sunshine (technical name in Swansea: A Drought) the foundations looked like a council swimming pool. Over the weekend the problem got worse, with the drip ,drip, drip becoming a trickle. So I did some research to find out how to solve this problem, found out what products were available and how to seal a lead pipe, I checked out forums and advice from professional plumbers…… Then I gave my dad a ring and he came and sorted it for me.

He’s  soldered it temporarily and now we’ll get a plumber in to attach a copper pipe to it and we’ll run it under the floor to provide water to the new utility room. I was initially concerned with the pipe being lead but apparently 40% of these types of domestic feeds are still lead and the price of stripping  it out would be far too expensive. The amount of lead in your water supply also depends on the acidity of the water, so when the work is done, I’ll get a water testing kit to reassure myself (okay, to reassure Angie)

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