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Do Galvanized Pipes Need to Be Replaced?

Written on: January 8, 2024

Plumbing FAQ

plumbing service Fitchburg, MA As a homeowner, you’re bound to encounter a plumbing issue at one point or another. At Brideau, we’re plumbing experts. We offer a wide variety of plumbing services for your Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire home. And each project or installation qualifies for a free in-home estimate. We also offer fair prices, and our expert services include appliance installations as well as garbage disposal and sump-pump sales and installations.

Here are just some of the plumbing service offerings our master plumbers are on hand to take care of for you:

Let’s take a closer look at pipes—galvanized pipes specifically. Do galvanized pipes need to be replaced? Let’s find out.

Galvanized Pipes

Galvanized pipes can last up to 60 or 70 years. Here are four ways to tell if your galvanized pipes are failing and need to be replaced:

  1. Rust. Look for rust around the pipe joints or rust spots on the pipes themselves. If you notice rust or large lumpy growths around the pipe joints or along the pipes, it’s probably time to replace your pipes.
  2. Discolored Water. This is easy to test for. Simply fill a clear glass with water and take a close look at the water coming out of all the faucets in your Fitchburg, MA home. Galvanized pipes sometimes release iron, and that will cause a noticeable discoloration of the water. If you have a porcelain sink, you may notice brown stains on it. Get this problem inspected by a professional right away.
  3. Lower water pressure. Have you noticed lower than normal water pressure? This could be an indication of a problem. Sometimes pipes have an uneven build-up of corrosion or other restrictions in the plumbing that lower water pressure. It’s also important to note that you may have galvanized pipes as well as pipes of other material in your home. Just another reason to have an experienced plumber do a thorough inspection.
  4. Lead content. Galvanized pipes installed between 1880 and 1960 were dipped in zinc, an impure substance that can contain multiple impurities, including lead. It’s important to assess the lead content in your water supply. This is less easy to accomplish than the other steps. It’s important to call your municipal water supplier and ask if your street’s service pipe has lead in it. Alternatively, you can request a copy of their Consumer Confidence Report. That will list levels of contaminants found during testing. Lead levels at or above 15 parts per billion require action.

Contact Brideau’s plumbing team today to learn more about the plumbing services we offer or to request a free in-home estimate.