The City of Sugar Land has no information on the type of material used in private plumbing lines inside homes and business. Customers who think their home or business could be at risk can hire a licensed plumber to perform an inspection.
Customers may also be able to identify their plumbing material themselves using a key or coin and a refrigerator magnet:
Use a Key or coin to scrape a small area on the pipe. Check to see if a magnet will stick to the pipe.
- If the scraped area is the color of a penny, the pipe is copper. A magnet will not stick to a copper pipe.
- If the scraped area remains a dull gray, and a magnet sticks to the surface, the pipe is galvanized steel.
- If the scraped area is shiny and silver, the pipe is lead. A magnet will not stick to a lead pipe.