Galvanized Pipe | Plumber Fort Worth
Those who own older homes and historic homes are likely to have galvanized pipe in their homes. Over time, the protective zinc coating of the pipe wears away, leaving the unprotected steel to rust and corrode. Re-piping by a plumber in Fort Worth is the solution for outdated galvanized pipe, and the best means of preventing severe damage to the home and its foundation from the inevitable leaks.
Rust typically starts from the inside of the pipe, and works its way out, resulting in leaks or even collapsed pipe. Corrosion is related to hard water, water containing minerals, typically magnesium and calcium, that builds up within the pipe lumen resulting in blockage and low water pressure. The acidic nature of hard water also contributes to pipe deterioration.
Once rust and corrosion have set in, repairs are an ongoing issue with galvanized pipe. Repair only provides a temporary solution for the immediate problem of a leak. Re-piping by a plumber in Fort Worth is the only means of preventing pipe leaks, preventing low water pressure and providing clean water free of rust, lead and potential bacteria secondary to hard water build-up.
Homes with galvanized pipes that have or have had lead service lines are at risk for the presence of lead in water due to corroded pipes. As galvanized pipes corrode and form rust, lead accumulated over the decades is likely to be deeply embedded in the interior walls of rusty pipes. Lead in galvanized pipes can contribute to intermittent lead in drinking water. Replacement of the galvanized pipes and lead service lines is the only means of ensuring that lead does not contaminate the water. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth can provide this plumbing service for you.
It may seem cheaper to pay for repair, but complete replacement is the most cost effective solution when you consider the cost of repetitive repair and the damage from leaks to the home and its foundation, and potential mold remediation. Re-piping a home is a major task, and the professionals of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing possess the expertise to ensure the job is provided efficiently, professionally and as with as little inconvenience as is possible.
Don’t risk a poor job or unnecessary damage to your home with re-piping provided by an unqualified individual. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth has received the time honored training in plumbing, gained a level of experience that can only be achieved through years of practice, and is up-to-date on industry innovations, codes and procedures. When you hire a nationally recognized Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth, you are assured of receiving one of the nation’s best.
Monitoring for Damaging Leaks in Older Homes
While water chemistry will play a major role in the lifespan of plumbing, when your home is greater than 50 – 60 years old, make it a habit to look at the exposed pipe in basements, crawlspaces, and utility rooms, and other visible areas for signs of trouble. Routinely check the piping for discoloration, stains and rust, dimpling, pimples, or flaking, all of which are indications of corrosion. If you find any of these signs, schedule a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth to assess the condition of your home’s galvanized pipe.
You’ll want to monitor for leaks also. Typically, once leaks begin in galvanized pipes, the frequency and severity of leaks will continue to increase. At this point, complete replacement is the only option that should seriously be considered. Being proactive can prevent thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in damages to your home and its foundation.
If you know you have rusty, corroded galvanized pipes and don’t replace them, you can expect leaks to occur, with potential damage to your home. You can also look for water pressure to continue to decrease as the pipe interior continue to close off with rust and corrosion. Replacing the faucets won’t stop the decreased water pressure, and are likely to experience frequent clogs or even damage as rust and corrosion flake off.
If plumbing fixtures aren’t already stained, it is likely to occur, and the issue will only grow larger with time. Finally, water quality will continue to worsen, don’t risk your home and health due to corroded galvanized pipe. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth for an estimate, and the options available for replacing your pipes. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.