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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Avoid Household Water Damage Portland

Tips to Avoid Household Water Damage

Rain is simply part of our Portland lifestyle and we really wouldn’t want it any other way. As Portland residents we are accustomed to the rainy seasons and have learned to successfully navigate our lives around them.

Just as you might buy a new pair of rain boots or rain coat, so too should you consider purchasing, or at least check up on, rain protection for your home.

1. Install a Sump Pump (or make sure the one you have is working)

A properly sized and installed sump pump is your home’s number one defense against excessive rain water.

If you do not have a sump pump in your basement or crawlspace, get one.

If you do have one, you’re a step ahead—just make sure it works!  The most common sump pump issue is a failing float switch, so look there first.  3 Mountains Plumbing is fully-stocked with sump pumps readily available for immediate installation.

2. Locate Your Home’s Water Main Shut Off

If a water main or major appliance breaks down, you need to know how to shut off your home’s main water supply to avoid further water damage and potential flooding.  These shut off switches are typically located in basements or crawlspaces.  We suggest finding yours and clearly marking it so that it can easily be found by anyone in the event of an emergency.

3. Proactive Plumbing Maintenance

We have learned that when it comes to successful household plumbing, it is always best to err on the side of caution.  The first and best way to prevent an appliance from failing is to conduct regular performance inspections.  Check for rust, debris, slow or small leaks, and water pressure fluctuations before they have an opportunity to develop into larger more costly problems.

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, or if you would like to learn more about our preventative water damage solutions, contact the experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing today. We are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day, seven days a week.