Signs You Need a Pipe Replacement

Most homeowners know the unfortunate truth that household plumbing pipes must, at some point, be replaced—especially galvanized pipe—and it just so happens that there is an overabundance of galvanized pipe in older Portland homes.

What is Galvanized Pipe?

Galvanized pipe is a pipe made of steel that has been coated with zinc to prevent, or at least to prolong, the inevitable rusting process. Commonly used during the early 20th century, galvanized pipe was the superior (and more affordable) choice of overcast iron and lead.

So, what is Wrong with Galvanized Pipe?

The problem is simply that the lifespan of these pipes, even under the best of circumstances, is about 70 years, so their time is up. Also, the symptoms and side effects of deteriorating galvanized pipes are not pleasant.

Signs It May Be Time for Galvanized Pipe Replacement

Galvanized plumbing pipes rust from the inside out, so symptoms of deteriorating pipes are obvious, but also a bit nasty. The two most urgent symptoms are:

  1. Water with a metallic taste and
  2. Water with a brownish color

Both of these symptoms may prove unsanitary and unhealthy for you and your family. If you experience either of these, call a professional right away.

Other symptoms of failing galvanized plumbing pipes include:
  1. Rust and corrosion surrounding pipe joints
  2. Reduced water pressure
  3. Noticeable water leaks in basements/crawlspaces/ceilings

How Can 3 Mountains Plumbing Help?

Our certified team of professionals has been providing re-piping solutions throughout the greater Portland community for over 13 years. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we know what kind of pipe works and what lasts in Portland homes.

When replacing the galvanized pipe, we use Wirsbo. Wirsbo pipe comes in one long roll, so joint mismatches and leaks are a concern of the past. In addition to other benefits, Wirsbo comes with an unprecedented 25-year warranty direct from the manufacturer.

Call us today to learn more about how we can help eliminate problems caused by old galvanized pipes in your Portland home.

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