Replacing a section of galvanized pipe
If you have a leak in your plumbing system your first step should be to identify the type of supply lines that are in your house. Most older homes are build with either copper or galvanized water or supply lines. Galvanized piping was used frequently many years ago but is no longer used for most plumbing applications. The minerals in water can cause the pipe to corrode which can result in foul smelling water, low water pressure, and rust spots on clothes.
Usually, people don’t think about their plumbing system until there is a problem. When there is a leak in a galvanized supply line you usually cannot just replace that one section. Much like a gas line, you must start at the farthest point of the supply line. Most of the service calls that our plumbers get for leaks in galvanized pipe will lead to repiping either the entire house or at least that bathroom group.
When there is a leak in a copper supply line, we sometimes just repair the damages section. A pinhole leak can be cut out and replaced by soldering in a new piece of copper. However, if the copper water lines have already had a pinhole leak in a different spot it may be time to repipe your house.