Re: lead pipe???
Posted by e-plumber on March 18, 2004 at 18:50:53:
In response to Re: lead pipe???
: : : I am redoing my entire first floor bathroom. It is now down to the studs. There is a bathroom above me w/ galvanized piping for the shower drain, and sink drain. The toilet drain is cast iron going straight down the wall but before it goes straight down there is a small pipe that is lead that runs from the toilet above horizontal maybe a foot or so long, then connects to the cast iron that runs straight down to the basement.Being this is all exposed should I change these pipes, especially the lead pipe?? I mean it is not leaking but how long has lead been known to hold up??
: : : The house was built in the early fifties adn it is definitely original.

: : : yuor help is greatly appreciated,
: : : harvey

: : Reply:
: : Depending on the physical condition of the piping and how much you want to spend on this project will determine if the pipes should be replaced now.
: : Although, if it were my house and the wall and ceiling is opened already, common sense would dictate to replace the 50 year old pipes.
: : Good Luck. e-plumber

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: The lead pipe looks to be in decent condition. no sign of any leak at all. BUt just how long can a lead pipe really last. Going on 55 plus years unless it is VERY expensive the smart thing to do would be replace it right?? Would white PVC be able to be used for toilet waste pipe. Keep in mind this is a small horizontal pipe coming right from the toilet running maybe 2 foot, then connecting to a cast iron run that goes straight down to the basement.

: thanks again guys,
: HArvey

Reply:
As long as PVC is legal to use for drainage and venting in your area, it can replace lead, galvanized and cast iron piping. There are many fittings available that will work in tight areas.
Good Luck. e-plumber


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