Galvanized pipe life expectancy

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USA, NW Oregon, single-story house with crawl space, built 1972.

Background

The house has the original galvanized piping in the crawl space and suffers from low water flow in two bathrooms. Static pressure measured at an external hose faucet near where the service line enters is 80psi so pressure is not a problem. The kitchen, which is next to the service line entry, does not have a flow problem

The home inspector suggested the galvanized pipe is near the end of its service life. An additional factor is that that the previous owners did a major remodel of the kitchen and both bathrooms 5-7 years ago and installed copper risers (yay, no sheetrock tearout to repipe) but the contractor didn't use dielectric couplings, which could have accelerated corrosion in the galvanized pipe near the joints. When I replaced the shower heads I found some black crumbly granules in the old shower heads, and also in a sink aerator.

We have decided to replace the galvanized...

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Brown or discolored water and low water flow in galvanized piping systems is a sign of rust and corrosion buildup within the pipe.

Galvanized pipe is steel pipe covered with a protective coating of zinc which greatly reduces its tendency to corrode and extends its life expectancy.

No longer used in homes, galvanized pipe was used extensively as water supply lines in new construction prior to the 1960's. Today it is most often found in water well applications of all types.

Galvanized pipe has a tendency to react with minerals in water, producing a build up of calcium deposits (scale) that can lead to lower water pressure.

A moderate level of calcium helps form a protective coating on the pipe, which may slow down corrosive effects. The operative word is moderate. High levels of calcium may build up in the pipe and restrict water flow.

Galvanized steel also corrodes over a period of time. The pipe rusts from the inside out. Over time, the pipes...

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Interesting factoid from Wikipedia: Galvanization is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, in order to prevent rusting. The term is derived from the name of Italian scientist Luigi Galvani.

What is galvanized steel piping?

Galvanized steel plumbing pipes are pipes made of steel, and coated with zinc to prevent rusting. This is commonly done by dipping the pipes in a molten zinc bath. These pipes and fittings were commonly installed in homes prior to 1950 (some sites say it was used until the 1960s). Over time, the galvanized steel pipes begin to rust or corrode from the inside out, resulting in reduced water pressure and restricted water flow. This presents an increased risk of leaks or ruptures occurring in the pipes and the potential for flood damage. Corrosion also occurs to steel when it is connected directly to copper or brass.

What is the life expectancy?

Galvanized steel pipes have an average life expectancy of 40...

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Is my water pipe reliable and worthy of repair?

History of PVC Pipe & related facts:

From 1936 to 1939 over 400 residences were installed with PVC drinking water and waste pipelines in central Germany. Various test pipelines of PVC were laid in Leipzig, Dresden, Magdeburg, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Heidelberg and Wiesbaden during the period of 1936 to 1941. Both the pipelines for chemicals and those for water supply and waste water came up to expectations, as did the test pipelines in the cities mentioned above, apart from damage caused by World War II. The PVC pipes installed in central Germany are still in use today without any major problems.

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Does PVC pipe have a long life expectancy?
Yes, studies on PVC pipe made in Europe in the 1930’s and been in continuous use suggest a very long useful life for these products of a hundred years or more, which will generally exceed the lifespan of...

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A galvanized pipe consists of a common steel pipe which is coated by a thin layer of another metal such as zinc to prevent rusting. Thus, for nearly all outdoor uses a galvanized pipe is usually preferred to other plastic pipes such as PVC or ABS pipes. However, even galvanized pipes have their own advantages and disadvantages which you should consider before using them. Hence, here are some pros and cons of these galvanized pipes and some other common outdoor uses of these pipes.

Anti Rust Pipes

Galvanized pipes are usually preferred since they are rust free pipes. The thin layer of zinc prevents corrosion and other minerals to develop on the pipe. However, this galvanization layer does not last forever and in fact, the average life span of these pipelines is generally around 40 years. Not bad for an outdoor pipe.

Heavy to Handle

Galvanized pipes are usually made up of iron or steel and therefore they are a bit heavy to handle. Thus, PVC pipes are the...

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Galvanization (or galvanizing as it is most commonly called in that industry) is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, to prevent rusting. The most common method is hot-dip galvanizing, in which parts are submerged in a bath of molten zinc.

Protective action

Galvanising protects the base metal in three ways:

It forms a coating of zinc which, when intact, prevents corrosive substances from reaching the underlying steel or iron. The zinc serves as a sacrificial anode so that even if the coating is scratched, the exposed steel will still be protected by the remaining zinc. The zinc protects its base metal by corroding before iron. For better results, application of chromates over zinc is also seen as an industrial trend.

History and etymology

The earliest known example of galvanized iron was encountered by Europeans on 17th-century Indian armor in the Royal Armouries Museum collection.[1] It was named in English via French...

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Galvanization, or galvanisation, (or galvanizing as it is most commonly called in that industry), is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, to prevent rusting. The most common method is hot-dip galvanizing, in which parts are submerged in a bath of molten zinc. Galvanizing protects in two ways:

It forms a coating of corrosion-resistant zinc which prevents corrosive substances from reaching the more delicate part of the metal.The zinc serves as a sacrificial anode so that even if the coating is scratched, the exposed steel will still be protected by the remaining zinc.The zinc protects its base metal by corroding before iron, for better results application of chromates over zinc is additionally seen as an industrial trend.

Etymology

The process was invented in India as early as at least the Iron Pillar constructed in Delhi throughout fourth century AD. The earliest known example of galvanising of iron, encountered by Europeans is found on...

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What is the Life Expectancy of Your Pipes | Essentra Pipe Pro...

It is important for you to know what type of pipes you have in your home. This knowledge can help you not only know what their life expectancy is, but also, help you know how to properly take care of and maintain them. Depending on the type of pipes you have, their life expectancy can vary from 20 to up to 100 years.

Copper, brass, and galvanized steel pipes, are typically used as supply pipes. Supply pipes are under a constant amount of pressure, and are the most likely pipe to burst, leak, and cause water damage in the home. The life expectancy for these supply pipes are typically 40 to 70 years for brass, 20 to 50 years for galvanized steel, and at least 50 years for copper.

For pipes that are used as drain lines, their life expectancy is somewhat longer because they are not under a constant amount of pressure. This type of piping is generally constructed with either cast iron or pvc. If the drain line...

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Black vs Galvanized Pipe

Homes need gas and water in order to run comfortably. Gas provides heat and fire to cook food and we cannot live without water. Pipes are used to carry these essential materials into homes, buildings, and other construction projects to convey or carry gas and water to supply their needs. Two of the most widely used pipes are black pipe and galvanized pipe.

Black pipes are also called steel pipes and are used to carry water and gas from their sources to the end users. It is the pipe that is used by businesses and homes to convey their supply of natural or propane gas.

It is also used for fire sprinkler systems because of its strong resistance to heat. Heating and cooling water transferred to heat exchangers also use black pipe. It is usually joined by welding or by using mechanical couplings.

While it is used mainly for gas lines, it is also used to connect appliances to their supply lines. In drain lines, heating piping,...

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Natural stone countertops, which are less expensive than they were just a few years ago, are becoming more popular, and one can expect them to last a lifetime. Cultured marble countertops have a shorter life expectancy, however.

Decks are exposed to a wide range of conditions in different climates, from wind and hail in some areas, to relatively consistent, dry weather in others. See FASTENERS & STEEL section for fasteners.

Exterior fiberglass, steel and wood doors will last as long as the house, while vinyl and screen doors have a shorter life expectancy. The gaskets/weatherstripping of exterior doors may have to be replaced every 5 to 8 years.

Copper-plated wiring, copper-clad aluminum, and bare copper wiring are expected to last a lifetime, whereas electrical accessories and lighting controls, such as dimmer switches, may need to be replaced after 10 years. GFCIs could last 30 years, but much less if tripped regularly.

Remember that faulty, damaged or...

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Galvanized iron sheets

Galvanization is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron in order to prevent it from rusting. The term is derived from the name of Italian scientist Luigi Galvani. Galvanized iron (GI) sheets are steel sheets which are basically coated with zinc and include a range of hot dip galvanized and electro-galvanized steel sheets. Zinc weathers at a very slow rate, so the coating generally has a long life. Zinc has a greater electro-negativity than iron and hence provides cathodic (or sacrificial) protection to the steel. This results in the zinc corroding in preference to the steel if the coating is chipped or damaged to expose the base metal. Besides acting as galvanic protector, The other functions of the zinc layer are as follow:

To retain the steel intact with its full initial strength. To provide the surface a more pleasing appearance. To increase...
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The following chart details the predicted life expectancy of household materials and components.

Interior and exterior paints can last for 15 years or longer, however homeowners often paint more frequently. Surface preparation is likely the most important determiner of paint life expectancy.

Appliance life expectancy depends to a great extent on the use it receives. Furthermore, consumers often replace appliances long before they become worn out due to changes in styling, technology and consumer preferences. Of a home’s major appliances, gas ranges have the longest life expectancy.

Kitchens are in the process of becoming larger and more elaborate, and together with the family room, modern kitchens now form the “great room.”

Great rooms are a place to cook as well as a space where people gather to read, talk, eat, do homework, surf the Internet, and pay bills.

Walls and ceilings last the full lifespan of the home.

Natural stone countertops,...

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