If pipes freeze sufficiently to cause a leak, then things can really get out of control: in addition to the cost of repairing burst pipes or damaged valves, costly and disruptive flooding can result.
Lead has a long tradition in plumbing; in fact, the word “plumber” comes from the Latin word for lead, “plumbum”. The Romans discovered that lead made a excellent plumbing material. Waterproof, malleable, and corrosion-resistant, it was used to line aquaducts and to make pipes. But they were unaware of the drawback of plumbing and lead: […]