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Internal lead pipe replacement without disruption
Is there any way of replacing internal lead pipes to bathroom without removing bath? I have replaced my mains water supply pipe and am now looking to replace internal lead plumbing but the bath/basin is relatively new so trying to find out if it is possible to replace without disruption. The lead pipes are accessible on ground floor from where they connect to the new mains water supply pipe to the ceiling where they enter the bathroom directly above, but there is not much space to work where the pipes connect to the bath taps. I would leave the bathroom lead pipes where they are as not drinking the water but there is a 2 inch section of lead pipe leading from the same lead pipe on ground floor which connects to newer copper pipe to the kitchen taps and I am concerned that the lead pipes might cause contamination of my drinking water if left.
What I recommend is a re-run of the lead pipe.
It could be disconnected and replace alongside the unwonted lead pipe.
Best material to use is plastic, as is very flexible and relatively easy to join together in confine spaces.
When new pipe is installed, you can remove the lead pipe if easy to do so, otherwise leave it where it is.
I strongly recommend to use water, that run through lead pipe, not even to brush your teeth.
Answered 18th Jun 2016