Re: burst galvanized steel watermain
Posted by e-plumber on December 12, 2003 at 07:32:00:
In response to Re: burst galvanized steel watermain
: Recently a leak developed in the underground, main water pipe that delivers water into my house. After receiving a written quote by the plumbing company, I okayed it and they started the job. After digging and exposing the pipe, the plumbing company said that the pipe type was galvanized steel. They informed me that the pipe could not be repaired but had to be replaced, and the pipe could not be cut just outside the house and the new pipe simply added to the remaining piece. (the latter is what I originally agreed to). Instead, the new, plastic pipe had to be re-routed into the foundation at the side of the house, into the basement and connected to the main water supply in the basement that way. The re-rerouting was necessary to minimize the work needed to get the pipe into the house. Anyways, the reason I was given for not being able to repair the pipe or simply cutting the galvinzed steel pipe just outside the house and connecting the new pipe to the remaining piece is because there are no fittings for galvinized steel to allow that; in other words, galvanized steel pipes have to be replaced. The original quote for the job was between $800-$1200; after discovering the pipe was galvanized steel and accounting for the extra work to re-route the new pipe, the total cost was $1800. The only types of water delivery pipes I am familiar with are copper and plastic so I don't know if galvanized steel pipes can be repaired or if a new pipe can be added to a section of it. From information gathered from an acquaintence who claims to have repaired the exact same type of pipe with te same problem, I am beginning to think I was deceived by the plumbing company. So my question, although it does come too late this time, is, can galvined steel pipes be repaired? Or if the pipe is cut just before it enters the house, can a new pipe be added to the reamining piece of galvanied steel? Can you add a different type of pipe to a galvanized steel pipe (for example, adding a copper pipe between 2 sections of galvanized steel pipes)?

Connecting onto the existing galv. piping depends on the condition of it, don't forget, the piping is probably more than 50 years old.
Occaisionally, if a coupling can be unscrewed from the galv., a new section can be run into the house. It's hard to say from here exactly what the plumbers encountered when the piping was exposed.

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