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Reasons to replace old galvanized steel water piping in your home

1. The water flow is poor

If the volume of water is restricted at the fixture, the most common cause is old pipes getting rusty and closing up. Iron oxide (rust) is formed inside the pipes when oxygen from the water combines with the iron of the metallic pipe. Iron oxide slowly over time decreases the inside diameter of the iron pipe and decreases the pipes wall thickness. Sooner or later (usually later) the pipe simply can not supply as much water as it used to. Remedy: Replace the pipes.

2. Rusty water

Rusty water is more of an irritant and frustration than a health hazard. The iron oxide (rust) is not hazardous to your health. In fact we need some iron in our bodies but drinking rusty water is probably not the best way to get your daily minimum requirement of iron. Rusty water coming out of your kitchen faucet is not appetizing or aesthetically pleasing. Rusty water in your plumbing fixtures can stain them with ugly brown stains (use vinegar or citric acid to remove the stains). The best way to deal with rusty water is Remedy: Replace the pipes.

3. Leaks

Old steel pipes will spring leaks when the pipe wall has been eaten away over time to the point that pinholes appear. A brown or discolored whitish stain on your old galvanized steel pipes mean that a leak is ready to happen. Spots on the pipes mean the iron is worn out and only the galvanized coating is holding the water back. If you have small spots and/or damp spots you have an emergency about to happen! Remedy: Replace the pipes.

4. Resale value

Houses with copper piping are more desirable to buy than houses with old galvanized steel water pipes

Experiencing a popping noise from your Water Heater?

Tank Water Heaters need to be flushed each year.  This will extend the life of your water heaters.  It will help clean out the sediment build up.


Advantages of installing a Tankless Hot Water Heater:

  • Long term energy savings

  • Unlimited hot water

  • Less physical space

  • No risk of water damage

  • Produce and supply endless streams of hot water to multiple outlets simultaneously without any fluctuation in temperature

  • Are up to 30 percent more energy efficient than a traditional natural gas water heater and up to 50 percent more efficient than an electric water heater

  • Shut-off automatically when the water supply is closed, providing users with significant energy savings – save money on your utility bills

  • Are compact wall mounted units with a life expectancy of 20 years, whereas hot water tanks require about 16 square feet of floor space and usually last around 10 years

Call us today to have your tankless water heater installed or maintained today.  Tankless Water heaters need to be flushed annually to maintain your manufacturer's warranty and prolong the life of your unit.

At The Plumbing Guy LLC, our philosophy is simple; quality work for a reasonable price.  We want to respond quickly, make the necessary repairs, never make an unnecessary repair, and charge a fair price. If you need a plumber in Southwest Houston call The Plumbing Guy LLC to get the work done right at the right price.  

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