Galvanized Pipe Replacement Portland

Signs You Need a Pipe Replacement

Most homeowners know the unfortunate truth that household plumbing pipes must, at some point, be replaced—especially galvanized pipe—and it just so happens that there is an overabundance of galvanized pipe in older Portland homes.

What is Galvanized Pipe?

Galvanized pipe is pipe made of steel that has been coated with zinc to prevent, or at least to prolong, the inevitable rusting process.  Commonly used during the early 20th century, galvanized pipe was the superior (and more affordable) choice over cast iron and lead.

So, What is Wrong With Galvanized Pipe?

The problem is simply that the lifespan of these pipes, even under the best of circumstances, is about 70 years, so their time is up.  Also, the symptoms and side effects of deteriorating galvanized pipe are not pleasant.

Signs It May Be Time for Galvanized Pipe Replacement

Galvanized plumbing pipes rust from the inside out, so symptoms of deteriorating pipes are obvious, but also a bit nasty.  Two most urgent symptoms are:

  1. Water with a metallic taste and
  2. Water with a brownish color

Both of these symptoms may prove unsanitary and unhealthy for you and your family.  If you experience either of these, call a professional right away.

Other symptoms of failing galvanized plumbing pipes include:

  1. Rust and corrosion surrounding pipe joints
  2. Reduced water pressure
  3. Noticeable water leaks in basements/crawlspaces/ceilings

How Can 3 Mountains Plumbing Help?

Our certified team of professionals has been providing repiping solutions throughout the greater Portland community for over 13 years.  Available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, we know what kind of pipe works and what lasts in Portland homes.

When replacing galvanized pipe, we use Wirsbo.  Wirsbo pipe comes in one long roll, so joint mismatches and leaks are a concern of the past.  In addition to other benefits, Wirsbo comes with an unprecedented 25-year warranty direct from the manufacturer.

Call us today to learn more about how we can help eliminate problems caused by old galvanized pipe in your Portland home.


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Ask a Portland Plumber: Why Are My Pipes Leaking?

What to Do About Your Leaking Pipes

There’s nothing fun about a leaky pipe.

There are, however, solutions and the Portland plumbing experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing can provide relief.  The first thing to keep in mind is that no matter what the reason for the leak, it demands immediate action.  While there’s nothing fun about a leak, a worse leak is even less fun (and more expensive)!  It’s imperative to manage leaks as they arise, so they do not cause further damage.

Common Causes of Leaking Pipes

First, let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of leaky pipes.

  • Clogs, blockages, rust, or corrosion
  • Cracked or broken pipes
  • Tree root intrusion
  • Shifted or offset pipes

General wear, tear, and time all contribute to leaking pipes, as does the initial pipe installation.  Properly installed pipes by a professionally certified and trained plumber with the right materials go a long way in reducing the likelihood of future pipe failure.

Symptoms of Leaking Pipes

On the upside, leaky pipes are fairly easy to diagnose.  Check for the following signs that typically indicate a pipe problem.

  • Low or unpredictable water pressure
  • Rusty, brown or otherwise discolored water
  • Corroding or rusting pipes
  • Water spots or puddles
  • Dripping sounds
  • Weak ground
  • Increased utility bill

What to Do?

Unfortunately, leaky pipes don’t get better—they get worse, they get bigger, and they can cause potentially devastating damage.  Contacting a professional plumber is always a good choice as it prevents the problem from escalating and stops it in its tracks.

Of course you want to find an affordable plumber you can trust.  The good news is that 3 Mountains Plumbing has excellent customer reviews.  We provide fixed, up front pricing and warranties on all products and services.  We want you to feel comfortable knowing what you’ll get and what you’ll pay ahead of time so that you recommend us to friends and family and return with all of your plumbing needs.

Our customer relationships are of the utmost importance to us, so give us a call today so that we may swiftly and efficiently repair your leaky pipes. Call 3 Mountains today!