Do you have galvanized pipes in the apartment or condo building you own? If yes, you may have asked yourself this question – “Should I replace the plumbing?”
Here is some vital information to help you make an informed decision for your property.
Galvanized plumbing is an old type of piping in which steel is coated with zinc.
Many older buildings still have galvanized piping. However, it’s not safe. Some old galvanized steel pipes were coated with unpurified zinc that had lead in it. So, older galvanized pipes may violate potable water standards.
Galvanized piping is also vulnerable to scale-buildup. This can reduce the diameter of the pipes, reducing the water volume. In many cases, rust could accumulate inside the pipe.
Pipes with reduced water volume that may become completely clogged soon are a disaster waiting to happen. If your building has old, galvanized pipes, it is a good idea to replace them.
Signs you have Galvanized Plumbing
- If a magnet attaches to it, it’s a galvanized steel pipe
- Reduced water volume is a sign of scale buildup
- Drinking water tastes off
- Water testing shows lead or other unwanted elements
- Brown stain on sinks and tubs
- Leakages in pipes
Alternatives to Galvanized Pipes
Now you have safer and more durable alternatives available to galvanized plumbing. Copper piping is the best choice. You could also consider PEX or PVC piping. Remember that plastic piping is not allowed in some properties.
There are a few other options to replace galvanized piping wherever possible –
- Replace part of the piping with copper: But you need to be careful about the mix of metals since that may prove hazardous.
Replace all piping with copper: This is the best and durable solution.