|Posted by Bud..Suncoast Plumbing Inc on May 25, 1999 at 19:16:05:|
|In response to Re: Lead water line|
Ted: There are still many lead water services lines to be found across this land. The lead forms
an oxide coating that is said to protect those who drink from it. I personally would feel more comfortable with a new water service line.
It is an easy task if you can find someone in your area that has a Grice pipe replacement tool.
This tool allows the old pipe to be pulled out, and a new copper or plastic line pulled in behind at the same time. The only digging required is at the meter connection, and at the house, if the pipe comes through a basement wall only one hole will need to be dug.
We use this tool for pulling out defective defective copper..galvanized steel..polybutylene water lines (we don't have lead water line in my area.) The nice part is that it is very quick and easy to do and very little digging. We even pull new lines in from across roads up to 100 feet in width with very little digging involved.
Lots of luck with project..there are still some old time plumbers around that can wipe a lead joint onto a brass female adapter for your new steel water service..Bud
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