1. Home

Types of Home Piping Materials

By

6 of 10

Water Supply and Drain: Galvanized Iron
galvanized pipe

Galvanized pipe was commonly used in older homes and is prone to corrosion and rust

© Home-Cost.com 2010

Water Supply and Drain: Galvanized Iron

Appearance: Dull silver grey rigid pipe

Description: Galvanized iron pipe was a popular method of plumbing water supply in the home but gradually fails due to corrosion and rust. It is no longer commonly used and has been essentially replaced with copper pipe and PEX plastic pipe. Galvanized iron pipe is difficult to cut and join and not easily fabricated on site by the home owner.

Prevalent Use: Water supply lines and drain lines in older homes

Cutting and Fitting: Can be cut using a reciprocating saw or hacksaw. Pipe is joined using Teflon tape wrapped pipe threads into galvanized fittings.

Promotional Feature: View this video series to learn how to take good care of your house.

  1. About.com
  2. Home
  3. Home Repair
  4. Plumbing Repair
  5. Types of Piping Material - Galvanized Iron

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.