Charlotte pipe corrosion

This is what the inside of a corroded pipe looks like.

Question: What is galvanized steel pipe? Is galvanized steel a good pipe to have in my home?

Answer: Galvanized steel pipes have been coated with a zinc layer to avoid rust and corrosion. Galvanized piping was frequently placed in pre-1960 construction houses. When established, galvanized pipe was an option in place of lead pipe for the water supply line. Since lead pipes are dangerous (the lead leaches into the water and causes serious health problems), galvanized steel pipes were considered optimal at that time.

However, galvanized steel pipes are not good pipes to keep in your home. After years of use, the zinc coating starts to erode, causing corrosion. Soon pipes start breaking and allowing contamination into your home's water supply.

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Learn More

Learn more about types of pipes here.

Learn more about galvanized steel pipes in particular here.

Find out what causes pipes to corrode here.

Learn about home repiping here.