What Is Wrong with the Old Pipes?Any home built before 1990s could potentially have one of the most common plumbing issues:
- Lead. Lead is one of the oldest materials that plumbers used to build pipes. It is indeed a very durable material, but in addition it is very toxic. Exposure to it may result in gastrointestinal pain, irritability, fatigue, and memory loss.
- Galvanized. Galvanized pipe is made of iron and coated with a layer of zinc. With time, zinc erodes and leaves the pipe to corrosion and breakage.
- Polybutylene. Polybutylene pipes are very fragile and they do not match the current US building codes. The chance you have it in your house is low, but better safe than sorry.