09:22AM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 09/19/04
2 lifetime posts
I've had my first leak of horizontal run galvanized iron pipe in my attic. Of course this causes concern for addition leaks. The house is 27 years old and has galvanized iron piping throughout. My question is should we replace this pipe? What is life expentancy of galvanized iron pipe? Thanks.

Al R


12:25PM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 04/01/05
47 lifetime posts
I am really surprised that this home was piped out just 27 years ago in steel pipe. MistressEll must have piped out this house back then. Back then, copper should have been the plumbers choice because that isn't that old of a house. Galvanized pipe did usally last 40 or 50 years before that would happen. You must have some really bad water to do that so soon. I wouldn't go to copper in that case. I would use CPVC for hot and cold lines and replace it all.


07:18PM | 04/26/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
Some areas of the country did not legalize copper piping at the same time as other areas. Many of the old east coast areas of the country resisted the change to copper and plastic waste piping due to the change in labor time. Organized labor felt it would create a labor glut and fought the change to the newer materials. Since most city inspectors were plumbers they also controlled the approval of newer materials.

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.
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