Monday, October 5, 2015
Checking Out the Plumbing: The Lifespans of Common Household Pipes
The plumbing system is one of the most important components in any home, including those in Denver. The pipes that compose the system perform heavy-duty functions. As such, they are designed to be durable – able to withstand high-pressure water and then some. However, all things have limits, including pipes. The lifespan of pipes vary, depending on the material they’re are made of and their use. Water Supply Improvement Center enumerates galvanized steel, copper, and plastic as common pipe materials used in home water supplies. Galvanized steel is coated with zinc. It was used in pipes before the 1960s so you might find such pipes in your home if it was built around those times. They were no longer used after that. You’ll likely need to have them replaced soon because their lifespan is around 40 to 50 years, and only if the water is in good condition.