If you have galvanized pipes in your home, it is recommend that you replace them as soon as possible.
Galvanized pipes were commonly used in houses built before 1969. These pipes are dipped in a protective zinc coating to prevent corrosion and rust. However, after decades of exposure to water, galvanized pipes will corrode and rust on the inside. There is no harm to human health by having galvanized pipes.
Having galvanized pipes can cause the following issues in your home:
- Cause low water flow.
- Produce uneven distribution of water due to corrosion that has built up unevenly.
- Cause discoloration of water from iron built up in the pipes.
- Cause leaks due to rusting and these leaks can damage your home.
It is recommended that homeowners replace the all galvanized pipes in their home to PEX, Copper or PVC as soon as possible to prevent future damage that galvanized pipes can cause to your property. Piping from the property line to the first water valve or water meter is the responsibility of the homeowner.
Additionally, if the Town is required to do any future work on your water meter (faulty water meter, broken wire, replacement etc.), they may not be able to do so due to the galvanized pipes in your home. Having a working water meter is mandatory under the Town's By-law 2017-49.
Please can contact a local certified plumber to help you conduct this work as soon as possible. A list of plumbers in York Region can be found on York Region's Business Directory.