Pipe Problems:

GALVANIZED

Why replace my galvanized system?

Galvanized pipe was manufactured and installed between 1880 and 1960, and is comprised of steel dipped in a coat of zinc. While the zinc was intended to increase the pipes’ lifespan, it eventually wears down and corrosion happens anyways. The zinc coating was impure, and contains substances that could harm users – especially lead. As the zinc wears down, it releases that 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.

The Dangers Of Failing Galvanized Pipe

The condition of a plumbing system can have effect on the structural integrity of the property, and often the well-being of its occupants. As more corrosion develops in galvanized pipes, the more susceptible to leaks pipes become. Leaks often begin slowly, and can go unnoticed for some time. Moisture can cause wood components such as framing or floors to warp, or structural steel to develop corrosion, or footers and stem walls to sink. Overtime you may find lumps under your carpet, on your hardwood floors, or even notice a musty, humid smell in the home. Corroded structural steel can push into the space around it, causing slabs of concrete to break (allowing for more moisture to enter), leaving cracks on interior and exterior walls, or displacement of windows/door frames.

Leaks can create moisture rich environments, which serve as ideal places for fungal growth, such as black mold or mildew. Building inhabitants can be more vulnerable to catching illnesses like the common cold and the flu. Exposure to fungi may cause congestion, coughing, or wheezing, all of which could lead to more serious conditions such as upper and lower respiratory infections.

If the building was built with asbestos, inhabitants’ risk of exposure can increase, particularly during any remodel or construction project within the home. Seeping water can carry asbestos fibers with it – when the water dries the fibers are left loose and can become friable, creating an airborne health hazard.

At Replumb Specialties Inc. we have taken asbestos seriously. 80% of our field technicians are certified supervisor abatement licensees. We can help plan, manage, and execute safe penetration in asbestos containing surfaces.

Uneven Water Pressure In Galvanized Pipe

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 feeding sink A may become smaller than another pipe feeding sink B.

Purchasing A Home With Galvanized Plumbing

Prospective home buyers should consider every aspect of a home before their purchase, especially its plumbing. A home built with a faulty or failing plumbing system could become costly to the buyer – because of Replumb Specialties Inc., this no longer has to be a dealbreaker. When deciding whether or not to purchase a home with galvanized piping, you should consider:

  • When the plumbing system was installed – it’s common for galvanized systems to reach their expiration around 50 years give or take, considering water conditions. It should be noted that even if a galvanized system was installed less than 50 years ago (galvanized has been found in homes built as late as the 1990s) the zinc coating can still release lead deposits into the water supply.
  • Your willingness to replace the plumbing, considering costs and other inconveniences. Replumb Specialties Inc. can make that process much easier.
  • The seller’s willingness to adjust the sale or have the pipes replaced prior to purchase – if the seller is willing to cover the cost by discounting the sale or replacing the plumbing before you move in, this may not be an issue for you. If the seller chooses to fund the replacement of the piping and leave it to you to execute, again, Replumb Specialties Inc. can make that process much easier.

How Much Does It Cost To Replace Galvanized Pipes?

The cost to replace galvanized pipes varies from property to property. To determine the cost of galvanized pipe replacement, several factors are considered. First, we look at the type of home: single family, multi-family, condo, etc. Is the building single level, multi-story, or split-level? Is there a crawlspace? Is there a basement? Is the basement finished or unfinished? Square footage? Last, we look at the number of fixtures to be replaced and the type of pipe used as replacement. As you can see, the cost to replace galvanized plumbing is not a one price fits all kind of thing. However, getting an estimate is simple with our online repipe cost calculator.

Online Cost Calculator To Replace Galvanized Plumbing

The cost to replace galvanized pipes varies from property to property. To determine the cost of galvanized pipe replacement, several factors are considered. First, we look at the type of home: single family, multi-family, condo, etc. Is the building single level, multi-story, or split-level? Is there a crawlspace? Is there a basement? Is the basement finished or unfinished? Square footage? Last, we look at the number of fixtures to be replaced and the type of pipe used as replacement. As you can see, the cost to replace galvanized plumbing is not a one price fits all kind of thing. However, getting an estimate is simple with our online repipe cost calculator.

WHY CHOOSE REPLUMB SPECIALTIES TO REPLACE YOUR GALVANIZED SYSTEM?

EXPERIENCE THAT COUNTS

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The Team @ Replumb Specialties Inc. has replaced Polybutylene, Kitec, Copper, Galvanized, Entran, and other failing plumbing systems across the United States Since 1992. We are the original pipe replacement contractor for the Polybutylene Class Action Settlement. We’ve successfully replaced systems in 16,000+ homes and commercial buildings. We also developed and perfected the ‘containment’ process copied by most replumb contractors today.

Our containment process includes masking and protecting all work areas. Furniture, appliances, and all client belongings are protected during our process. All penetrations in drywall and tile are professionally repaired and painted to match.

We are licensed and insured, and pride ourselves on being punctual and professional. Our crews have been working together for 30+ years. Realtors and home inspectors regularly refer us, and account for about 70% of our business.