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Galvanized Pipe Corrosion

Jan 29, 2015 | Plumbing Tips

Galvanized Pipes Ontario Chasles Plumbing

Galvanized pipes were commonly used in the 1950s. These pipes were made with steel and covered with a protective layer of Zinc. The life span of these pipes is approximately 40-50 years. Water from galvanized pipes may contain rust and supply discoloured water – that is normal.

A quick test homeowners can do to find out if they have galvanized pipes is to turn on the hot water of their home; if the water pressure is low, your home may have galvanized pipes. This may mean that your pipes have been corroded and clogged over the years.

Hot water pipes are often the first to notice the effects of corrosion. We have seen corrosion of pipes where water pressure is reasonable, but homeowners should still seek an assessment from a certified plumbing professional.

If you are considering purchasing a home with galvanized pipes or are asked by insurance companies and home inspectors, make sure you get an opinion from a certified plumbing professional before you make any decisions.

Always remember this: It’s more cost effective to replace than to repair.

Common Problems Caused By Galvanized Plumbing

  • Insurance companies refuse to provide homeowners with insurance that has galvanized pipes because over time these pipes rust from the inside out.
  • Galvanized pipes will corrode over time. This will lower your water pressure and water quality.
  • Galvanized pipes can cause discolouration of your drinking water
  • Galvanized pipe can rust and leak

If you have concerns about galvanized plumbing, call Chasles Plumbing Professionals. We have more than 15 years’ experience dealing with older homes.