In our last blog, we talked about the need to call California Repipe Specialists if you have yellow or brown water in order to avoid unsightly staining of clothes and household items.

Another way you know if you need your house repiped is to look and see if you have galvanized pipes. This is easy if you have access to the pipes. They will be silver or grey in color instead of being the same color as a clean penny (copper pipe) or white (PVC pipes).

You might be thinking, What is the risk of having galvanized pipes?

First, galvanized pipes were used in building before the 1960s. In addition, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (create external link to http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/leadfactsheet.cfm), lead was used in pipes, fixtures and solder until 1986. They’re old and not used in building anymore because of the potential health risks from consuming water flowing through them.

Second, the pipes can leach lead or cadmium into the water and pose unnecessary health risks. The EPA also sites that lead can cause physical and mental developmental delays in children, under the age of 6, if they consume the lead-ridden water. Pregnant women should also avoid consuming lead because of the potential effects it can have on the fetus’ development.

Third, and less severe, over time, they can also corrode and get rusty inside affecting the taste of the water and causing staining of clothing and household items, similar to the iron deposits in yellow or brownish water.

If your house was built before the 1960s, call or submit your information today for a free estimate with a qualified plumbing and repiping technician! Don’t jeopardize your family’s health. We at California Repipe Specialists have 20 years of experience in the Anaheim and Orange County areas.