Why You Should Replace Galvanized Pipes

Why you should replace galvanized pipes

For Toronto homes built in the mid-1900s, galvanized pipes are a common issue. At the time, galvanized pipes were the best possible alternative to lead pipes, which were discovered to contaminate the water passing through them. Now, we realize that while galvanized pipes were the best solution for the time, they don’t work for modern plumbing.

Anyone affiliated with plumbing services in Toronto will tell you that you should swap these out as soon as possible. This is mainly because of the large amount of rust and debris that form inside these pipes over the years of use. Consider the fact that pipes installed in 1960, for example, have been collecting rust and buildup for more than six decades.

As a professional renovation provider for residents here in Toronto, Avonlea Renovations understands what switching these pipes out can do for the value of your home and the health of your family. Here’s what you need to know about galvanized pipes:

Defining Galvanized Pipes

Galvanized pipes are made of steel and lined with zinc. The zinc was meant to keep the pipes safe from water corrosion and buildup, but years of exposure have rendered the zinc ineffective. Originally, the freshly installed pipes shone like polished nickel; to see them now, however, you’d notice a dark and matte-looking pipe. The pipes may even have been painted, depending on your home and its previous tenants.

Problems Associated with Galvanized Pipes

Due to the buildup inside galvanized pipes, you and your family may notice some issues at home. Some of these problems include:

  • Brown stains in the sink, tub, and toilet. During use, pieces of iron often come loose with your water. Over time, the water stains the porcelain surfaces and the water itself will discolour into a brownish tinge.
  • Poor water pressure. The gunk inside your pipes stops the water from pushing through as powerfully as it would through a clear pipe. Replacing your galvanized pipes will produce higher water pressure and more evenly distributed water throughout your home.
  • Leaks and flooding. Eventually, the deterioration of material in older galvanized pipes will lead to leaks. If you notice water pooling anywhere, it shouldn’t, or unexplained puddles in your home, it could be due to galvanized pipes.
  • Strange smells. The same buildup causing poor water pressure could result in debris clogging up your pipes. If you notice any strange odours emanating from drains or faucets, this could be the cause.

Fortunately, many of the issues associated with galvanized pipes will dissipate once new pipes are installed. Changing pipes is costly but worthwhile. Over time, the price you’ll save on damage caused by leaks and stains will even things out. Remember, hiring multiple plumbing services for every problem caused by the pipes adds up.

Contact Avonlea Renovations

If you’re considering remodelling your kitchen or bathroom and are concerned that galvanized pipes are a problem in your home, give us a call. Our experienced renovation experts are always happy to answer questions and lend a hand, determining the best course of action for your renovations.

Call Avonlea Renovations at 1-416-907-4764 to book a consultation today.


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