Do you have an old house constructed around the 1960s? If so, you may want to check out your water and drainage system. Why, you ask? Well, there’s a high chance that your house was constructed with galvanized pipes. At the time, these types of pipes were considered the superior alternative to lead piping, and thus many houses from this period were built with galvanized plumbing. Over time, it was established that galvanized pipes are susceptible to corrosion, which is not only hazardous to your health but may also eat away at piping and cause other issues like poor water pressure.
But what are galvanized pipes exactly? Galvanized pipes are steel pipes that have a zinc coating to prevent rusting and corrosion. They have a life expectancy of 50 years, so they get eroded over time, which could potentially lead to leaks and collapses. With a sound installation and ideal conditions, galvanized pipes are likely to last their expected lifespan. However, the conditions in the real world are far from perfect, therefore, most of them don’t reach this service horizon. However, plumbing issues are not the only things you risk facing by keeping galvanized pipes. Since they are corrosive, these pipes present significant health issues. Notably, these types of pipes release lead, which can make its way into the water, potentially leading to lead poisoning. Some other galvanized pipe health issues include high blood pressure, lung disease, flu-like symptoms, and more.
One of the first indications that your pipes need replacing is poor water pressure. You may also notice that the water from your faucet is rusty. If the damage is advanced, you will notice rusted pipe joints and pinhole leaks.
Galvanized pipes are no longer installed in modern homes. Instead, they were replaced by copper pipes, PVC/CPVC (polyvinyl chloride or chlorinated PVC), and PEX (Cross-linked polyethylene) so as to prevent the risk of galvanized pipe health issues. If you suspect your home has galvanized plumbing, ask for the helping hand of a local plumbing service to inspect and replace it with a friendlier type of pipe.
To learn more about galvanized pipes, consider asking a plumbing expert. At Doctor Drips
, we know all there is about pipes, and we will be happy to help you make the transition to a modern form of plumbing. Give us a call today at 615-970-0047
and schedule a free quote.