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Your home’s plumbing is one of the most important systems in your entire home. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to accomplish basic daily tasks and chores such as taking a shower, doing the laundry or even flushing the toilet! While owners of newer homes shouldn’t expect too many plumbing issues, owners of homes built in the 1950s and 1960s should be on the lookout for signs of low-grade plumbing materials, particularly galvanized steel pipes. Here’s a look at some of the problems associated with galvanized steel pipes, and what you can do about them.
Galvanized steel plumbing was standard in homes and commercial buildings during most of the 1900s. These pipes were coated with molten zinc, which was intended to slow down corrosion and extend the life of the plumbing. However, normal use proved to be a little bit harsher for galvanized plumbing than was previously thought.
Galvanized steel plumbing is susceptible to a number of reliability issues, including rust, corrosion, lead sedimentation, discoloring of water, and changing the taste of water. A home with galvanized steel plumbing is more likely to experience leaks, pipe bursting, and water pressure problems than other homes.
The most effective way to avoid these problems is to replace galvanized steel pipes with other types of plumbing. The most commonly used piping used in residential and commercial plumbing today is copper pipe, which is much more durable than galvanized steel, and is also less reactive to water. PEX and other plastic pipes are also found in newer homes. This plumbing can be more affordable and easier to install.
For more information on the benefits of removing galvanized steel pipes and repiping with copper or PEX, contact Mr. Mike’s Plumbing. We provide 24/7emergency plumbing services, waterproofing, and drain maintenance throughout the greater Calgary area.