Galvanized Pipes: Why You’ll Need A Plumber In Houston
If your home was built before or during the 1960s, it’s very likely that the plumbing was done with galvanized pipe. Unfortunately, galvanized piping is not the best plumbing material, and it can present several problems for homeowners. In this post, we discuss what galvanized piping is, the associated problems, and the available solutions.
What is Galvanized Piping?
Long ago, plumbing was done with materials such as iron and steel. The problem with these materials is that they are prone to rust and corrosion. Longer lasting piping was needed, and galvanized piping was the answer. Galvanized pipes are still made of iron or steel, but the difference is that they are coated with a zinc barrier. These pipes do last longer, but the zinc barrier introduces another problem. The zinc coating reacts with minerals in the water and forms deposits that gradually close up the space inside the pipes. It’s not unlike atherosclerosis, the disease in which fatty substances restrict the blood flow in the arteries. Galvanized pipes can be expected to last anywhere from 40 to 70 years, but their life expectancy may vary depending on certain factors such as water quality. If you have an older home, chances are you have galvanized piping, and it will need to be changed out soon.
What are the associated problems?
Since galvanized pipes develop mineral deposits on the inside, you will eventually notice a drop in water pressure. This is because the space inside the pipes has closed up so much that water can no longer properly travel through. You may not even be able to run more than one faucet because the water pressure is so low. Another problem associated with galvanized piping is water quality. The mineral deposits that build up inside the pipes can sometimes break off leading to visible impurities in your water and a slight metallic taste. Especially at the joints, leaks are also an issue with this type of piping.
What are the available solutions?
Generally, there are three ways you can deal with a galvanized pipe problem. You can do sectional replacement, complete replacement, or reline your pipes. Sometimes homeowners choose to replace the most problematic sections of their plumbing system rather than the whole thing. While this can save you money, it is only prolonging the inevitable. The rest of the pipes will soon need to be replaced. Relining is a process that involves cleaning out the mineral deposits inside your pipes and re-coating them with an epoxy liner to make them last longer. The issue here is that it is difficult to test the quality of the cleaning and the success of the epoxy coating on the inside of your pipes. Completely replacing your galvanized pipes with a different material is the safest solution.
If you have galvanized pipes in your home and need to have them replaced, you’ll be glad to know that A1 Discount Plumbing offers the most comprehensive galvanized pipe replacement in the industry. Give us a call at 713-321-2005 to request service.