Galvanized Steel - Should I Repipe?
Galvanized pipe was manufactured and installed between 1880 and 1960. It’s made of steel tubing dipped in a coat of zinc.
While the zinc coating was intended to increase the lifespan of the pipe, it eventually wears down and corrosion occurs. The zinc coating was impure, and contains substances that can harm users – especially lead. As the zinc wears down, it releases lead into the water supply. The unavoidable outcome is a buildup of iron oxide (rust) on the inner walls of the pipe, and contaminated/toxic water. Rust can stain water and porcelain, and is NOT healthy for consumption.
Because of the corrosion that develops on the inner walls of galvanized pipe, low or uneven water pressure can occur. Not all areas of the pipe will corrode at the same rate, so the inner diameter of one pipe supplying sink A may become smaller than another pipe supplying sink B.
Buying A House With Galvanized Steel Piping?
We recommend negotiating the repipe with the seller during the home inspection. This mitigates risk of water damage, solidifies insurability and increases the value of the home. Your real estate agent should be able to walk you through the necessary steps.
Why Choose Us To Repipe your Galvanized System?
Family owned, the Team at Replumb Specialties Inc. has repiped Polybutylene, Kitec, Copper, Galvanized, Entran, and other failing plumbing systems across our service area since 1992. We are the original repipe contractor for the Polybutylene Class Action Settlement. Our Turnkey process includes the permit, repipe, drywall, texture, paint and tile repairs. We’ve successfully repiped systems in 28,000+ homes, condominiums, apartments, and hotels – including over 2,200 hydronic heating applications.