Replace old, corroded pipes before inevitable issues arise.
Older Seattle homes constructed prior to 1970 are likely to have galvanized steel water pipes in them. These pipes corrode over time and the minerals will rust and build up. The unfortunate thing about piping is that it does not wear like tires; tires wear from the outside-in making it obvious when the tires are worn and need replaced. Piping wears from the inside-out, leaving you little to no warning at all that there is about to be a leak.
When you start to see that rust in your water you may be in an advanced stage of corrosion, heading for the next stage – leaking. The average home has between 55 -65 psi of water pressure. One leak can literally cause thousands of dollars in property damage. The best approach is to take preventative measures to insure that you will not be forced to deal with an emergency situation. Low water pressure can come from a build up of that rust as well.
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