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Old 10-27-2010, 09:54 PM   #1
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Change out Galvanized water lines?


My house was built in 1947 and has the original galvanized water lines and cast iron waste lines. All of it appears to be in good shape and has good water pressure.

I recently remodeled my kitchen and laundry room and had a plumber come reroute the plumbing in my laundry room from one wall to another. He tapped into my original galv lines and used pex to go over to the other wall.

Since my kitchen sink was staying in the same place I didn't require any plumbing work there and he said if there aren't any leaks and the pressure is good it is better to leave it alone. What do you think?

Since over time galv rusts from the inside out, my question is for my future bathroom remodel and other future projects. Is it better to leave existing galv plumbing or update it with another material?

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If you have walls open and the old obsolete galvanized is exposed, I personally would go ahead and change it out to PEX.
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Is PEX the best material to use when replacing galvanized?
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That's what all of the pro plumbers in this area are using, especially for replumbing, unless the homeowner specs copper or something else.
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It seems like a pretty easy material to work with. What is the life expectancy of PEX?
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Old piping can also have accumulated deposits on the inside that reduce the flow capacity. It is not easy to find out to what extent the pipes are affected and it is not easy to clean out the deposits with acid, etc. Some plumbers recommend replacing the pipes if you already have a remodeling job in progress and the pipes and insides of the walls are exposed.

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