Have you ever turned on your faucet and noticed discolored water? Flakes? Foul Odors? You're not alone. In fact, you're part of a club that has many members...you just never knew that. Galvanized piping was widely used in residential and commercial construction until the mid-to-late 70's. For its time, Galvanized Piping was the best way to ensure that there was a robust and reliable water system capable of delivering fresh water on-demand.
The issue is not the piping, but rather, the chemicals and elements that it is used in. If galvanized piping is exposed to certain dissimilar metals, it causes rapid corrosion of the piping. Add high-water-pressure to that, and you have a recipe for disaster. Something as simple as copper touching the galvanized pipe can begin the process of electrolysis - which causes rapid decay of the pipe.
Water Pressure: Maintain 60-80PSI Maximum Water Pressure - this requires the installation or replacement of the water pressure regulator. This device is a relatively inexpensive way of extending the life of your home's water distribution system(s).
Dissimilar Metals: Make sure that metals that react with Galvanized piping are not in contact with it. Copper mixed with galvanized piping causes galvanic corrosion.
Know the Signs: There are many early warning signs before catastrophe hits. Pay attention to the color of your water, whether there's sediment in there, and check those aerator screens to see if there are black or rust-colored flakes.
Call the Pro's: If you're unsure about what kind of piping you have, or whether or not it is nearing end-of-life, give us a call. We can perform a water system test, a leak test, and help you understand your options!