Ideally, I'd like to replace all my old galvanized piping, but it may
not be practical to do this for some time.
I just bought two identical new faucet sets for my bathroom sinks, and
on the boxes it touts:
"Drip-Free Ceramic Disk Cartridge Provides Outstanding Performance and
Long Term Reliability."
Each faucet set has two of those (hot and cold) and one spout. Brand is
Glacier Bay (Home Depot), and posts here say they are almost certainly
Delta made, with Delta replacement parts. They appear to be chrome
plated brass, and the popup's are solid brass.
I went into a local plumbing supply store in town yesterday. Although I
was unaware of the place for decades, I was told they are celebrating
their 100th anniversary this year! The one guy there said that unless I
have decent plumbing, I can't expect ceramic valve faucets to last long.
He said that with old galvanized plumbing (which sloughs off corroded
metal continually), the ceramic valves will fail just a soon as
compression valve's washers, and that in fact I won't be able to replace
them but will have to replace the faucets!
Naturally, I'm alarmed about this. One faucet set is yet to be
installed, but I installed the other a week ago. The hot water to that
faucet set is from a newly installed on demand heater (Noritz), and the
heater has a water filter in-line, just after the hot water comes out of
the heater. I can easily and quickly clean out that filter by turning
off the valve right next to the filter and opening it up (did so once
There's around a dozen feet of old galvanized from there to the faucet,
however. The cold water, however, is sure to have sediment in it. Every
time I take apart the pipes here and inspect the pipes, I find them in
pretty bad shape. They pass water, but they are badly corroded
internally. If I were to not use a pipe for a month or two (or maybe
even a few days) the first time I used it, the water would come out
brown for the first few seconds.
So, I'm wondering if I can maybe get serviceable filters I can put
between the shut offs and the faucet sets in both bathrooms that will
protect the faucets. Or is that guy incorrect about the issues? TIA for