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Should I buy a house with galvanized steel water pipes?
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Because galvanized steel water pipe has not been used in new residential construction since around the late 1960s, all the pipe that is still in place is past the end of its expected lifespan. Invisible internal corrosion of the pipe means leakage is likely soon, and most insurance companies will not issue a homeowner’s policy for a home with galvanized steel pipe. So replacement of the pipe may be necessary in order to get insurance. You should check with your insurance agent before proceeding with the home purchase. See our blog posts Why is old galvanized steel water pipe a problem for homebuyers? and What's that powdery crust on the pipe connections at the water heater? to learn more.
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