Home Plumbing Systems -Glavanized Steel Piping

Do you know the different types of home plumbing systems? Our “Home Plumbing Systems” four-part series creates an easy access point for piping comparison.

Home Plumbing Systems – Galvanized Steel Piping is the last plumbing system in our four-part series. Do you know the pros and cons about Galvanized Steel Piping? If not, then this article will be a great quick read.


Advantages of Galvanized Steel Piping
  • Galvanization protects the steel from corrosion, piping is usually hot dipped in zinc
  • Galvanization protects against mineral build-up
  • 30-70-year life span

Disadvantages of Galvanized Steel Piping
  • Lead is used as a solder and can leach into water
  • The grade of zinc typically used for galvanizing contains a minimum of 0.5% lead and can itself be a significant long-term source of lead, which may explain some recent lead contamination problems associated with galvanized steel
  • Rust problems if pipe is damaged
  • Very heavy/bulky
  • Very pricy


Whether you’re building a new home or just doing some research on your home’s plumbing system, knowing the different types, and the pros and cons is beneficial. We hope you found “Home Plumbing Systems – Galvanized Steel Piping” informational! Check out the other articles in our “Home Plumbing Systems” series.

PEX Piping: http://waterdaddy.com/pex-piping/

Copper Piping: http://waterdaddy.com/copper-piping/

CPVC Piping: http://waterdaddy.com/cpvc-piping/


If your home has an older piping system, schedule your FREE in-home water test to make sure your piping system is keeping your water clean!

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