NJ Lead Water Pipe Replacement Contractors
Don’t wait for lead pipe replacement! Protect your family’s health: call us any time for same-day plumbing and sewer pipe replacement service in NJ, at 201-645-0888.
New Jersey is home to many beautiful historic neighborhoods, with homes that were built in the 19th or early 20th centuries. If you’re moving into an older home, there’s a chance that there may still be some residual lead plumbing pipes or drain pipes installed. Lead is heavy and durable, and was the material of choice for plumbing for decades– until its immense health and environmental risks became fully known. Lead is incredibly poisonous, and any lead paint or lead piping can pose a risk to your family’s health.
At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, we proudly serve our local community with plumbing pipe replacement, sewer line replacement, and drain pipe replacement in New Jersey. We can easily replace your outdated plumbing with newer, safer materials like copper, ABS, and PVC plastic. For a free consultation and cost estimate, call us today at 201-645-0888.
Lead Pipe Replacement NJ: The Dangers of Lead Pipes
Why would anyone use lead in plumbing pipes? Up until well into the 20th century, lead was the standard for both potable water pipes and drainage pipes in America. Lead has been used for thousands of years. It’s common, easy to extract from the earth, and easy for metalsmiths to work with. It’s also very hard, heavy, and durable. The use of lead plumbing pipes dates all the way back to the birth of plumbing in ancient Rome; in fact, the word “plumbing” comes from the Latin word for metals of all types, plumbum.
Lead poisoning has been known since Roman times, but in the 1920, scientific research began to uncover the very real dangers of lead exposure. By the 1970s, lead was phased out of gasoline, and lead plumbing had fallen out of use. However, old lead plumbing pipes may still be present on some properties.
The problem with lead is that it’s incredibly toxic, affecting every organ in the body. The human body confuses lead ions for calcium ions, allowing lead to build up in bones. It’s especially poisonous to the nervous system and kidneys, and low level exposure over time can build up to toxic levels. Lead poisoning causes cognitive deterioration, kidney impairment, and other serious health problems that can eventually be fatal.
Lead Pipe Replacement in NJ
Today, residual lead plumbing is the leading contributor to trace amounts of lead in the water supply. Nearly all homes built before the 1980s use lead solder to connect copper pipes, and some major US cities still have outdated lead water piping infrastructure.
If you have old lead pipes in your home, you’ll need a certified plumber to replaced them.
Indoor Lead Plumbing Pipe Replacement
Indoor lead water pipes will need to be replaced with copper, PVC, or other safe, modern materials. If you’re purchasing a home built before the 1980s, we recommend professional plumbing inspection prior to moving in. Replacing plumbing pipes can be an intensive undertaking, and you’ll want to ensure that the plumbing is safe before you start living in a historic home.
Lead Drain Pipe Replacement
You’ll need drain pipe replacement if your home has drainage pipes made from lead. Although drain pipes carry wastewater, that water is generally sent to a sewage processing plant, and lead can contaminate water that will later be reused or released into local watersheds. Modern drainage pipes can be made from thermoplastics like PVC, from copper, or even from galvanized steel. All of these materials are safe and EPA-approved.
Lead Sewer Line Replacement
Old sewer pipes can also be made from lead. As with other drainage pipes, you’ll need sewer pipe replacement with safer modern materials to avoid environmental and health risks from lead contamination. Once installed, new sewer lines made from PVC or copper will last for decades. To determine whether an older home may benefit from sewer line replacement before you move in, a professional sewer service plumber can perform sewer camera inspection to check for holes, cracks, leaks, corrosion, and other problems.
Lead Pipe Replacement Service in New Jersey
Need lead pipe replacement for plumbing pipes, drain lines, or your sewer line? Call us today at A1 Sewer & Drain Services for quality workmanship and professional service from experienced NJ plumbers, at 201-645-0888.