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Just Found Out Our Service Pipes Are Lead:

“So, we just found out the service pipe coming into our row-home from the street is lead. A plumber we had in to do some maintenance just pointed it out. We bought our house 2.5 years ago, and it was basically a total renovation. The seller even replaced the retaining wall, so I’m baffled as to why they wouldn’t have replaced the service pipe as well. The inspector we had check things out before the purchase also never pointed it out. Since then, we’ve been drinking the water regularly and we’ve had one baby with another on the way. Needless to say, we need to take care of this ASAP.

What I’d like to find out from the PoPville community is what other people’s experience has been with lead pipes, and whether anyone knows if we might have some form of recourse (against the seller, or the inspector). This isn’t going to be a cheap fix, so I don’t want to be left holding the bag if I don’t need to be.

Thanks in advance for any help!”

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