Is it Time to Replace My Old Galvanized Pipes?

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What is Galvanized Pipe?

Galvanized pipes are steel pipes that have been dipped in a protective zinc coating to prevent corrosion and rust. Galvanized piping was created to replace the old lead piping used for home water supply lines.

What is the life expectancy of galvanized piping?

Galvanized pipes can last up to 60 -70 years, put not always. Poor quality pipe or piping with poor galvanizing technique can fail in half the time, 30-40 years. If you are experiencing signs that your galvanized pipes are failing, it may be time to replace them.

What are the signs that your galvanized piping is failing (going bad)?

Early signs that your galvanized pipes are failing:

Decreased water pressure

Brown or rust-colored water from faucet

More advanced signs include:

Rust around your pipe joints and rust spots on your pipes

End stage signs that your galvanized signs have reached their life expectancy:

Ruptured pipes and pin-hole leaks

Whether your pipes are nearing the end of there life cycle or they have been pronounced you faced with a few decisions.

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Replacing your old galvanized pipes

It’s time to replace those old water pipes. Now what?

What do I replace my galvanized pipe with?

Galvanized pipes are no longer used in homes. The 3 common types of pipes used to replace galvanized are PEX (Cross-linked polyethylene), PVC-CPVC (polyvinyl chloride or chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) or copper pipes.

 Each pipe type has its own set of pros and cons.

The experienced consultants at We Do Repipes Inc can help homeowners determine if you need to replace your pipes and help decide on the best options for your home and budget. Call us today to schedule a consultation at 832-819-8337.