If you are living in a home that is about 40 years old or older, then the piping system is more likely to be made using galvanized steel piping. Like everything else galvanized pipes has its own lifecycle, which is usually determined by how much corrosion is built up inside the pipes due to mineral exposure over a long period of time.
Galvanized steel pipes are the pipes in a home that allow both hot and cold water to reach all of its destinations, i.e. toilets, and bathtubs, sinks.
What do galvanized pipes mean?
Galvanized pipes are steel pipes that have been dipped in molten zinc, which helps to prevent rust build up and were therefore commonly used for plumbing when building homes before the 1980s. Since these pipes will begin to form rust all along the inside over time, they are going to eventually cause plumbing problems.
For example, the amount of water that can run through galvanized pipes will slowly reduce and cause low water pressure. The rust can also cause the water to be unclean and unfit for drinking, definitely making it time to further look into galvanized pipe replacement.
Galvanized pipe replacement
Galvanized steel pipes tend to last anywhere between 25 and 50 years. While both time and whether there is soft water or hard water running through the pipes are going to determine the overall lifespan of galvanized steel pipes, the end result is going to be reduced water pressure, clogged pipelines and even unsafe drinking water. Replacing galvanized pipe with new piping is simply going to allow for a more efficient and safer water system.
How it works
When galvanized pipes start causing plumbing problems, the house is going to need a re-pipe to make sure that all of the rust and lead in the house’s piping system is completely removed. A professional plumber is able to provide a proper evaluation of the current status of a house’s galvanized pipe system and can, therefore, provide homeowners with options for new house repiping.
Below are some of the more popular pipe replacement options when galvanized pipes are in need of replacement.
Copper is a common pipe replacement choice since it is lightweight, strong, durable and resistant to corrosion.
Flexible Plastic Hose (PEX)
PEX is another common pipe replacement choice as it is one of the newest advances when it comes to plastic piping.
Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC)
CPVC is a popular plastic pipe replacement choice since it offers great heat resistance.
Benefits of galvanized pipe replacement
There are multiple benefits when one replaces galvanized pipes, including better water pressure, safer and better-tasting drinking water, no more clogs, no more bad smells, a decrease in insurance costs and an increase in property value. Galvanized pipe replacement means there is a new piping system that is going to last for many, many years to come.
House repiping can be an option when galvanized pipes begin to corrode. House repiping can mean that an entirely new water supply piping system will need to be installed, which involves removing the galvanized pipes and installing brand new pipes, or it can mean that only sections need a re-pipe. Only a plumbing professional can determine whether a home that contains galvanized steel piping needs a brand new piping system or only certain parts of the galvanized pipe needs replacement.
Pipe descaling is a cleaning process that allows a professional plumber to remove anything inside the galvanized pipes that are causing them to become clogged, i.e. calcium deposits, corrosion, rust. The fact that over time a houses pipes will begin to deteriorate as well as become clogged due to the buildup of all that travels through the pipes over the years makes it necessary to receive a professional cleaning on a regular basis.
When pipes receive regular cleanings, they are much more likely to do the job they are supposed to do for many years to come. Sometimes, pipes sustain too much damage for pipe descaling and instead will need replacement.
Professional pipe restoration services are available and are used when pipe repair or pipe replacement is necessary in order to solve a plumbing problem. When pipe restoration services are necessary, we will be able to provide a complete evaluation of a houses pipe system and offer advice on the most effective pipe restoration methods.
If you would like to learn more about Galvanized Pipe Replacement and the various treatments we provide, call (562) 452-1181 to schedule a consultation.