Understanding the Dangers of Galvanized Steel Pipes

Prior to the current modern advancements made in pipework, galvanized steel was commonly used for piping in homes. Over the years, we’ve come to learn that these types of pipes are not only ineffective but also harmful. For modern homes, issues with galvanized pipework are not a concern because different materials that are safer and more effective are now used for piping. However, for owners of homes that are about 40 years or older, your properties are likely to have galvanized steel pipes. But what exactly are these types of pipes and what danger do they pose to you? 

What are Galvanized Steel Pipes and Their Dangers?

Galvanized steel pipework is often found in homes built before the 1980s. These pipes have been dipped and coated in molten zinc to help prevent rust from building up. Not only does the zinc coating fail to stop rust from occurring, but it also contains serious amounts of lead that can end up in your drinking water and serve as a hazard to your health. With rusty pipes, you’ll also frequently encounter issues like low water pressure, leaks, clogs, and breakages. 

How to Handle Galvanized Steel Pipes

To verify if your home uses galvanized steel pipes, reach out to professionals like Prodigy Plumbing who can provide a thorough inspection and inform you of your situation. If you do happen to have galvanized pipework, we encourage you to explore options for replacing them with new piping. With the advancements in the plumbing industry, modern pipework creates a more efficient and safer water system for you, your loved ones, and those living in your house.

Having galvanized piping can provide a serious risk to you and your family. That’s why we recommend that you contact our skillful team at Prodigy Plumbing because we offer affordable and world-class galvanized pipe replacement services to Orange County and South Bay residents. We have a proven record spanning for over a decade of dependability and quality. If you want to learn more about our services, give us a call at (562) 413-1928 or visit our website to schedule an appointment with us. Our professionals will come over to assess any problem you may have with your plumbing system and provide you with a free estimate.