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Why You Need Galvanized Pipe Replacement
Galvanized pipe replacement is often necessary for a number of reasons. This special type of pipe can provide long-term benefits to many plumbing systems; however, a lot of people aren’t aware of the basics regarding galvanized pipes. While these pipes do provide great support for plumbing systems, plumbers are actually determining that they need to be replaced regularly, despite their supposedly long-lasting build.
Find out more in this article as we go over galvanized pipes and the need to use them for a replacement! There is so much to know about galvanized pipe replacement, and being aware can be helpful when considering what options are out there.
Galvanized pipe replacement
It’s first important to understand what galvanized pipes are, as they aren’t like traditional steel pipes. A galvanized pipe is a special type of steel pipe that has been dipped in and coated in a protective zinc layer. This protective zinc layer allows the pipe to avoid corrosion and rusting, which is usually very common.
Despite galvanized pipes' original goal of no rusting or corrosion, plumbers have determined that they aren’t 100% protective of this. Most pipes end up lasting for so many years before they need attention, repairing or replacement. However, more and more plumbers have discovered that many years of water exposure actually does damage to galvanized pipes, but only on the internal part of the pipe.
The need for replacement
Long-term exposure to water has been doing damage to galvanized pipes far before most plumbers even discovered it. A galvanized pipe that hasn’t been replaced for decades may reflect a very unsafe interior. There is typically a lot of corrosion and rust that builds up inside, which can cause a number of problems. If galvanized pipes don’t get replaced, then problems may occur. The following are things that may happen if galvanized pipe replacement doesn’t take place:
- Low water pressure: A buildup of rust and corrosion may cause the water to slow down, which could reduce the pressure.
- Discoloration of water: The water may become a yellow or brown color due to the buildup of rust and corrosion.
- Leaks: Certain areas of the galvanized pipe may burst if there is too much rust or corrosion buildup. Burst pipes could result in leaks.
Galvanized pipe replacement is necessary in order for plumbing systems to function properly. While the initial intention of galvanized pipes was to avoid rust and corrosion, more plumbers are finding that this still occurs internally. If galvanized pipe replacement does not take place, the entire plumbing system is at risk of collapsing or having severe problems such as bursts or leaks. It is important to have your galvanized pipes addressed by a plumber. If you have questions about galvanized pipe replacement, reach out to our office so that we can help you further. Give us a call or stop by today!
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