Most homeowners in Highland Park, Illinois, would agree that water is life, especially during the hot summer months. If your water pipes haven’t been inspected since your home’s construction, your water quality could be very poor. If your tap water has a metallic taste and is smelly and discolored, corroded pipes may be the cause. Repiping will improve your tap water’s quality by eliminating corrosion, preventing lead contamination, and boosting water pressure.
One way repiping will improve water quality in your home is by getting rid of corrosion. This is especially true if galvanized pipes were used. These pipes consist of steel and a layer of zinc. The zinc layer prevents corrosion and extends the life of the pipes. However, over time, the zinc erodes and causes buildup within the piping. This “scale” buildup adversely affects tap water quality. Usually, scale accumulation is the explanation for discolored and foul-smelling water with a metallic taste.
Prevents Lead Contamination
Another advantage of repiping is that it can prevent lead contamination of tap water. If your home previously had service lines consisting of lead, there may be residual lead in the interior walls of your galvanized pipes. As these pipes corrode, this residual lead will be released into the tap water. The only way to eliminate the chance of lead contamination is replacing both the lead service lines and the galvanized piping.
Boosts Water Pressure
Repiping can also improve the quality of tap water in your home by boosting water pressure. As scale from corroded galvanized pipes accumulates, this scale can restrict the flow of water. This explains why low water pressure is a common symptom of corroded piping. Not only is low water pressure irritating to deal with, but it can also cause stagnant, low-quality water.
If the tap water quality in your home is at an all-time low, it may be time to bring in the professionals. For more information about how repiping will improve the quality of your tap water, call Carefree Comfort, Inc. at 847-388-0115 to speak with one of our skilled HVAC technicians.
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