05:06AM | 07/04/05
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
My main sewer pipe shows signs of corrosion. How do I know when to replace this big pipe. It is lead. How much would it cost to replace.


09:03AM | 07/08/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
If you are talking about pipes on the inside of the house, those are drain pipes.

Sewer lines start outside the home. Typically, there is no sewer line made out of Lead.

If its made out of lead, its probably inside the house. If the lead pipe is exposed in an unused/unfinished, part of the house you can leave it and observe it for cracks and problems. If its in a newly opened wall or ceiling, because of remodeling, then I would suggest replacing it. Lead typically has a 50 year lifespan. If you close it up inside of a wall, you will be removing the drywall and replacing it later.

Good Luck

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.


08:05PM | 07/11/05
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
The pipe that leads from the toilet and runs down the wall and then out the basement to the outside sewer line is the pipe I am talking about. This is the pipe that all the other pipes connect too. sorry if I am plumber illiterate. But the pipe that runs from the upstairs toilet to the downstairs is the pipe that shows signs of corrosion. THe pipe was painted green but at the point where it has to elbow to the basement is where there are signs of black corrosion. My brother said it is a black lead pipe. But it is corroded and how do I know when to replace it? Call a plumber?
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