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When it is Time to Replace Your Home’s Galvanized Pipes

 In Sewer and Drain

Is It Time for a Whole Home Repipe? 

If you’re not sure what a re-pipe is, you are not alone. Most homeowners dont know either until the problem arises. Galvanized pipes were commonly used in homes built around 1981. Galvanized pipes are deceptive because they corrode on the inside.  Because of that it is difficult to detect a corrosion problem without a plumbers camera. Over time, the buildup of rust and sediment inside galvanized pipes can cause low water pressure, clogs, and leaks. When this happens you may need to replace one small section of the damaged pipe, or a larger piece in extreme cases. 

It’s not rare to find out that your 30 plus year old home is beginning to have compound plumbing issues. When the plumbing at home begins to exhibiting signs of damage or degradation it might be an indicator of something bigger. The typical response to these types of issues is to call your local plumber. Depending on how soon your plumber can arrive to provide a solution, you may need to use your plumbing fixtures in moderation. If it is a more severe sewer problem where your plumbing is completely out of order be sure to call for an emergency plumber. 

Repiping your entire house

A whole home repipe won’t likely be something that you would need done on your property more than once. It’s a last-resort option that plumbers will recommend to their clients — but it is necessary in certain situations. Whole house repiping is an effective measure that can protect your home from future leaks and further water damage.

Is it time for a whole home repipe? Here are questions that can help you determine if it’s the best move to make now:

Have you had to call in plumbers several times over the years, because of problems with leaks? How often do you find leaks? If it’s becoming frequent, then that might mean that your plumbing system is failing.

Does your house have hard water?

You’re sure to have heard the term hard water before. It pertains to water that contains a high concentration of the minerals magnesium and calcium. You can tell that you have hard water at home when you observe a yellow-green or white buildup around plumbing fixtures such as showerheads and faucets. The minerals can build up and reduce the water pressure in a house. The best solution would be to have a pipe inspection done. Having a camera inspection performed will tell you 

How old is your home?

Today’s houses are typically fitted with plastic or copper pipes; older homes, on the other hand, may have galvanized pipes made of steel. Steel can develop corrosion and rust over time, and they can pick up contaminants from water and the ground, such as lead. If your house still has its original steel pipes, it’s best to get your plumbers to check their condition and determine whether they need to be replaced with a safer and more modern material.

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