Galvanized Pipe Replace With Copper Tubing

Posted on: December 21st, 2016 by admin

Re-Piping In Orlando Homes by Blue Water Damage Restoration & Plumber Services


Re-piping is a system-wide replacement of piping though out your home. Changing out the plumbing in your home will not only give you peace of mind knowing that you don’t have to worry about water damage caused by pinhole leaks and ruptured pipes, but can also improve the water pressure throughout your home, improve the delivery of hot water, and save you money on high energy bills due to water loss and to an inefficient system.

Let us check what are the benefits in replacing your galvanized pipe with copper tubing.

Replacing Your Galvanized Pipe With Copper Tubing

Many homes in Massachusetts were constructed with galvanized piping in the plumbing system. This means that the metal pipes (usually iron or steel) have been treated with zinc to reduce the risk of corrosion. While galvanized pipes have benefits, they also have disadvantages, and, as a result, more homeowners are turning to copper tubing.

Galvanized pipes, while treated to prevent corrosion, nevertheless do corrode. Mineral deposits can also build up, especially in homes that experience hard-water problems. Over the years, these mineral deposits can accumulate so that they block water flow. Another big concern is lead. Galvanized pipes and lead soldering are a major source of lead contamination in drinking water.

Copper piping is an effective alternative. Here are a few advantages to using them:

  • Longer life span than galvanized pipes.
  • No lead contamination.
  • Copper is naturally anti-microbial, meaning it discourages bacterial growth (PVC piping, another alternative, is generally more vulnerable to bacteria buildup and microbial growth).
  • Less prone to mineral buildup.

Copper pipes can be either hard, or soft (also known as annealed). Annealed copper tubing is easier to bend, and can achieve smooth, graceful curves that don’t kink or obstruct water flow.

Replacing only one plumbing fixture with copper pipes is a very doable project for the average Massachusetts homeowner. However, replacing the pipes through the rest of your house is much more difficult, and can even be dangerous because the process involves working with a blowtorch around flammable construction materials. It’s best to hire an experienced, skilled professional.

It’s possible to replace only part of your plumbing system with copper tubing, connecting it with your galvanized pipes. But the two metals must not touch each another, and each requires a different sealing and soldering technique. Dual-sided connectors, such as dielectric unions, must be used for the seams. Care must be taken with pipes that have deteriorated, and the system shouldn’t be jostled too much – leaks can spring even in areas that aren’t being retrofitted.

Any Plumbing System Problems? Call Our Professional!

If you think that you need re-piping in your home, you can call Blue Water Damage Restoration & Plumber Services at (407) 641-1544, our plumbers are well-trained when it comes to initializing your plumbing system, we give you the right plumbing that your house needs and that will last for longer time.

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