As little as 30 years ago, galvanized steel was the “go-to”
type of plumbing being installed in homes and businesses everywhere. The
material was low-cost, readily available, and extremely durable, being
resistant to all sorts of shocks, including both thermal shocks and even
impacts from shifting landscape. However, today galvanized steel is looked
down on as a real burden in some properties, and can even be considered
a “deal breaker” when people are looking at buying. This is
because galvanized steel has a number of issues that other modern materials
don’t have to worry about. On this blog, we’ll explain a few
of these problems so you can know what you can expect might happen if
these pipes are still running through your walls.
Galvanized steel pipe is designed to resist corrosion and rusting, and
it certainly does so for significantly longer than untreated steel. However,
over time the zinc coating on pipes can wear off, particularly if you
have a hard water problem (water with high concentrations of calcium and/or
magnesium). Corrosion is the source of virtually all types of issues pertaining
to galvanized steel plumbing.
Low Water Pressure
Corroded steel plumbing changes shape, particularly on the inside walls.
This means you’ll have some areas with larger space and some with
smaller areas. When these two combine, you’ll find that water pressure
will actually decrease. You may not have noticed it happen right away,
but replacing galvanized steel plumbing with new, modern materials may
help you notice a sudden increase in water pressure in your home.
Discoloration of Water
Have you ever noticed that your water has strange rusty-orange or even
blue stains coming through it? This is a sign that the inside of your
plumbing has begun to rust, and the staining you’re seeing is actually
corroded metal that’s been exposed to the hydrogen and oxygen in
the water. This metal can cause health problems for you and your family,
as well as stain your laundry, make your dishes come out of the dishwasher
dirty, and even cause damage to your faucets and fixtures.
Corroded plumbing isn’t able to withstand pressure nearly as well
as a full-strength, brand-new pipe. As such, the pressure and corrosion
could cause leaks, usually in the form of a small crack and slow drip.
However, on rare occasions where water pressure is high and the metal
has corroded badly, the pipe could burst, causing major flooding and serious
damage throughout your home.
Galvanized steel plumbing can develop cracks extremely easily, and that
means tree and plant roots that grow around your sewer lines could find
their way inside without much trouble. Roots that get into sewer lines
cause all sorts of issues, including blocking up your sewer line completely
if you let the problem get too badly out of hand. When this is the case,
you need to have your sewer line hydro-jetted by a Bartlett plumber, and
consider having your sewer line replaced with a trenchless pipe replacement
service so that the issue doesn’t return.
If you want to know more about getting rid of the galvanized steel plumbing
in your home with a re-pipe service, or you need your sewer line treated,
contact Smith’s Plumbing Services by calling 901-290-1110!