What is galvanized pipe you ask? Prior to the 1960s and through the 1980s, new homes were being built using galvanized pipe. It was a very popular and effective way to transport water throughout the home and a great alternative to lead pipes. A galvanized pipe is a steel pipe dipped in molten, naturally occurring zinc allowing us to safely drink water without the risk of contamination of rust or metals from the steel. Naturally occurring zinc is impure so these pipes may also have been contaminated with lead and other impurities. Follow along with the leading plumbers in Cypress to learn everything you need to know about galvanized pipes!
As with everything, time degrades all, so rust, water deposits and corrosion start clinging within the walls of the degrading pipe. As the water reacts to the deposits and minerals created by the rust and degrading zinc lining the diameter of the hole becomes smaller and smaller. It’s like arteriosclerosis for your plumbing.
The water pressure in your home lessons and the clarity and flavor are also compromised. Leaks will start to spring once the pipes are fully degraded. Unlucky for most, this always happens at the most inopportune time like when you are getting ready for a Gala or a big meeting the next morning. Not only are leaks a huge and costly risk, you are also in danger of lead building up in your galvanized pipes.
If you see orange water when turning on a faucet that has not been used for some time, you may have corroded galvanized piping. Having to constantly clean out your faucet aerators is another sign your pipes are corroded. If you are experiencing any issues with your piping, be sure to immediately contact an experienced plumber near you. Its better to take care of the issue before the damage gets worse. 281-306-5138
“Band-Aid” repairs will cover you for 6-12 months, but that only works for the site repaired. Other weakened areas can go at any moment after that. Most people cringe at the idea of having to re-pipe their entire home. The price tag can be hurtful for your wallet, but would you rather lose your most prized possessions due to flooding while you were at your vacation home? For plumbing repair services, contact the leading expert in plumbing, Joe the Plumber Cypress.
Also, some home owners are under the impression the galvanized pipes have to be removed causing more damage to walls and causing another costly repair. Don’t fret. Joe The Plumber uses a two to four day technique that causes minimal damage by cutting small access holes to run the new lines through. Only necessary holes are created and we are very careful to cut them in hidden areas to reduce the chance of a less aesthetically pleasing wall.
Give us a call and a Joe The Plumber Tech will be happy to provide a free quote. We are also running a special allowing you the option to get a 6yr warranty water heater or a full house water filtration system with parts and installation for free. If you exhibit any of the signs listed above, don’t wait any longer. Galvanized piping can be extremely unreliable. Please give us a call and set your mind at ease. 281-306-5138