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Residential Plumbing: How Old Steel Pipes May Harm Your Home

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B&D Plumbing offers residential plumbing services as well as emergency services.

Before and during the 1970s, many homes were often made with steel plumbing. This signifies that the pipes in these homes were typically made of galvanized steel. Unfortunately, this includes the pipes that push wastewater away and carry freshwater into the house. Galvanized steel was considered safe back then, but that isn’t the case today. Now, most plumbing is installed with plastic or copper; however, many homes still have steel piping remaining. Fortunately, B&D Plumbing offers residential plumbing services as well as emergency services. Call our plumbing company today at 301-595-1141.

Defining Galvanized Steel

Galvanizing steel is coated with a zinc solution to keep the metal from rusting. Although this process does make a metal that delays rusting than regular steel, it will eventually break down after decades of use. You can determine this in your home by finding an exposed pipe in your crawl space or basement. If your pipes are copper, they might not be magnetic and look like an old penny. Otherwise, it is most likely galvanized steel. Contact B&D Plumbing today for any residential plumbing issues!

Why Is It Problematic?

While galvanized steel has improved lead pipes, they still have drawbacks. For instance, it doesn’t prevent corrosion because the pipes will eventually rust, even with the zinc coating. In addition, the zinc coating does contain some lead, but there is still some contamination. As the pipes corrode, more toxins will fall into the water, and the pipes will become fragile and prone to bursting, especially in the winter.

How Can You Repair It?

So, how do you fix this problem? Call B&D Plumbing now! A professional plumber can determine how much of your plumbing system is galvanized (or possibly even lead or plain iron if the home is old enough). They may even help you devise a plan to fully or partially re-pipe your home with safer materials to have a trustworthy plumbing system.

For B&D Plumbing, no job is too significant or minor. If you seek a full-service home plumbing contractor, you have come to the right place. So, check out our company’s residential plumbing services here!

Get in Touch With B&D Today!

Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media including FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!

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