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How to identify lead pipes

Tools needed:

  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Refrigerator Magnet

Lead Pipe

If the scraped area is shiny and silver, your service line is lead. A magnet will not stick to a lead pipe.

Lead Pipe

Copper Pipe

If the scraped area is the color of a penny, your service line is copper. A magnet will not stick to a copper pipe.

Copper Pipe

Galvanized Steel Pipe

If the scraped area remains a dull gray, and a magnet sticks to the surface, your service line is galvanized steel.

gavlanized steel pipe