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Lead water pipes

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

Its not often but I do come across lead main water pipes. These pipes are usually found in homes built before 1930. The tell tail sign of the lead water pipe is the bulb that is visible at the connection. Lead pipes are not threaded so they have a bulbous connection. I always recommended that lead pipes be changed out because of the health risks that are associated with lead in drinking water. Lead can cause neurological damage especially in children. If you have a lead water pipe you should replace it. The issue with replacement is that it can be very expensive. Typical replacement costs are $6,000 but can be much higher depending on complexity and distance from the home to the street water connection. At a minimum you should contact your local water authority and have your drinking water tested if you have an older home.

LookSmart is a NJ home inspector who performes new Jersey home inspections in Nothern and Central New Jersey. John Martino is a NJ member of the Independent Home Inspectors of North America.

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LookSmart Home Inspections, LLC is owned and operated by John Martino. He has successfully performed over 3000 inspections for clients throughout northern and central NJ and has an exemplary track record of customer satisfaction. Mr. Martino completed a 300-hour approved NJ Home Inspector training program and was mentored by one of the most respected names in NJ home inspections. He continues to attend over 30 hours of continuing education classes each year.


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Buying a house is one of life’s biggest decisions. Before you close, you’ll want a professional inspection of the house to ascertain its true condition. John Martino is a formally trained New Jersey home inspector and member of the American Society of Home Inspectors...ReadMore