When it comes to residential piping, galvanized steel was a popular choice up until the 1960s. This type of piping has a protective zinc coating that erodes over time, leaving the steel exposed to rust and corrosion. As a result, homeowners may experience frequent water leaks and serious damage to their home and its foundations. If you're noticing signs that your galvanized pipes are failing, it may be time to replace them.Galvanized pipes can last up to 60-70 years, but this is not always the case.
Poor quality pipes or those with inadequate galvanizing techniques can fail in as little as 30-40 years. If you have an older home with exposed water supply pipes that show signs of corrosion, it's likely time to repipe your entire house. When you decide to repipe your home, contact a professional plumber to discuss your project. A competent plumber will inspect your home's plumbing system to determine if the time has come to replace your galvanized pipes. Once you've consulted with a professional and decided that it's time for a repipe, consider using PEX pipes for the job.