Service lines connect the public water mains to your home's water pipes. Service lines are shared property: the water utility is responsible from the water main to the water meter and the homeowner is responsible from the water meter to the internal property plumbing. Utilities will be surveying the service lines on our side, but we would also like to gather information from the private property side to have a complete profile. It is possible that the pipes are different materials on each side of the meter.
Locate the water service line point of entry (usually found in the basement). The pipe should be about 1-inch in diameter and will have a shut-off valve close to it. The photos below are two examples of what the service line may look like. The red arrows indicate the area where you should test for this survey.
That's great, your pipes are plastic. Plastic water lines provide minimal risk for lead and copper concerns. It is still possible that there may be Lead fittings or solder somewhere in the house plumbing, especially if it was installed before 1960. Please contact your plumber if this is a concern and you need additional information.
You will need a penny for this test.
To determine what type of metal your pipes are made of you will need a refrigerator magnet (coin style-not the flat plastic ones).
Your pipes are probably Galvanized Steel. That's good, but there may still be cause for concern. Steel pipes have the potential to trap particles of metal on their inside surface if they are downstream from a Lead line, fitting, or solder. These pipes could release those particles even after the source of Lead has been removed. It is still possible that there maybe lead fittings or solder somewhere in the house plumbing, especially if it was installed before 1960. Please contact your plumber if this is a concern and you need additional information.
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