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Why are Galvanized Pipes Problematic in Bay Area Homes?

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If you live in an older home and you’ve experienced burst pipes or low water pressure, there’s a good chance you can blame galvanized pipes. Galvanized pipes were standard in homes that were built a long time ago, but we’ve since discovered how problematic they can be in the decades after they are installed.

What are galvanized pipes?

Galvanized pipes are most often found in homes that were built over 50 years ago, although they can be found in some homes even younger than that. Back then, it was believed that coating metal pipes with a thin layer of zinc would help prevent corrosion. However, as it turns out, galvanized pipes develop all kinds of problems over time and are now commonly replaced with copper piping.

What are the disadvantages of galvanized pipes?

What can you do if your home has galvanized pipes?

Cabrillo can replace your home’s galvanized pipes with new copper pipes. Copper pipes are built to last longer and are designed to prevent water contamination and mineral buildup. Because copper repiping is complicated and requires a highly-skilled plumber, it’s best to leave the job to us instead of taking it on as a do-it-yourself project.

If you have any questions about galvanized pipes, or if you’d like a plumbing system serviced or installed in your home, contact Cabrillo, your Bay Area plumbing, heating and cooling company.

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