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Dangers Of Galvanized Steel Plumbing

Galvanized Steel is a metal that can either be used as a replacement for copper piping or to complement the desired metallic look. Most homes in North America use steel pipes. The usage of galvanized steel for residential plumbing became popular when copper prices kept rising during the 1970s and 1980s, so the householders could avoid higher plumbing expenses by choosing a more affordable option without compromising on quality, style, or longevity. Galvanized steel plumbing has been the iconic symbol of reliability, quality, and workmanship in America for more than 100 years.


What are the Galvanized Pipe?


Galvanized steel pipe is a type of steel pipe welded with a layer of hot-dip galvanized or electro-galvanized on the surface. Plating can increase the corrosion resistance of steel pipes and prolong the service life. Galvanized pipes have many uses. In addition to the common pipeline of water, gas, oil, and other low-pressure liquids, it is also used as oil well pipes and oil pipelines in the oil and gas industry, especially in offshore oil fields, as well as oil heater and condenser for chemical cooking equipment. Piping for coolers, coal distillation wash oil exchangers, pipe piles for truss bridges, pipelines for supports in mine tunnels, etc.


As more people use galvanized steel pipes throughout their homes, various safety concerns have been raised over time. The usage of chlorinated hydrocarbons in the electro-galvanizing galvanizing process has caused the heavier metal to corrode at a faster rate than standard zinc coating ever will. An irresistible cost reasoning has forced manufacturers to cut corners on the production of galvanized steel plumbing. For a variety of reasons imported metal resellers are also importing lesser grades of galvanized pipes from other countries – such as India, China, Korea, and Pakistan – which show up in American stalls with alarming frequency.


Some of the metal pipes that are used in homes may not be safe and could lead to metals. The other problems with galvanized steel pipes are that they would rust over time. Galvanized steel tubing proved to be the best material for pipelines in a rough environment because it is resilient to corrosion when exposed to water. The galvanizing process can cause the metal to corrode, which can lead to leaks and other problems. The corrosion can also cause the pipes to become brittle, which means they are more likely to break or crack. Galvanized steel pipes are also more susceptible to rust than other types of pipes because they have higher iron content. They were well known for becoming mushy like butter with as little as two weeks' exposure to air, which made them break anyhow. After several years of use, a lot of rust and dirt is created in the pipes, and the yellow water that comes out doesn't just contaminate the sanitary ware. , and it is mixed with bacteria that breed on the uneven inner wall, and the rust causes excessive heavy metal content in the water, which is a danger to the health of the human body.


Galvanized steel plumbing has been around for a long time, but it has some dangers that people should be aware of.


  • First: Has a lower lifespan than other pipes on the market, only 20-50 years. Galvanized pipes have a high content of magnesium, manganese, lead, and other alloys. If using clean water in the long run, it will be harmful to the health of users.

  • Second: Easy to oxidize and rust at the joints. The inside of the pipe is often covered with scale, affecting the quality of the water source.

  • Third: The cost is higher than other types of plumbing.

  • Fourth: Easily clogged pipes. Water pipes are more difficult to repair than plastic pipes and are not convenient for households to use.

For the above reasons we should consider using galvanized steel water pipes to avoid harming the health and safety of users.


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