Protect Against Pipe Corrosion in Your Home

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Protect Against Pipe Corrosion in Your Home

Over the years, corrosion can develop in your plumbing fixtures. To protect against damage and potential health risks, learn how to identify and prevent pipe corrosion in your home.

The Causes

In essence, metal pipe corrosion is a continuous process of ion release from metal to the water. While the process involves a complex electrochemical electron exchange, the usual causes are pretty straightforward. They include:

  • Water pH
  • Oxygen in the water
  • Chemical makeup of the water
  • Water temperature
  • Water velocity

The Impact

The cost of corrosion can be considerable, especially when it’s ignored for years. It can affect a person’s health by releasing toxic metals, such as lead, into a home’s drinking water. Water from corroded pipes can reduce the efficiency of hot water heaters and other appliances. Corrosive pipes can also lead to odors, stains and foul tastes, while causing premature failure of plumbing fixtures and systems.

Many older homes have solders, pipes and plumbing fixtures made from lead or other metals. Corrosive water may dissolve enough of these materials to create health risks and aesthetic problems in a homes potable water.

Prevention and Repair

If your house is over 25 years old, you should keep a watchful eye for corrosion. Inspect exposed pipes for stains, discoloration, pimples, dimpling and flaking. Look for leaks, poor water pressure, foul smells and discolored water. If you notice a problem, contact a professional to assess the situation.

If you have an older home, you may need to replace your zinc-coated galvanized pipes with copper repiping. If your water is especially corrosive, you may also want to consider installing a whole-house water softening system or reverse-osmosis unit to filter contaminants from your water. This can help protect your appliances, your health and the lifespan of your plumbing system.

Same Day Service technicians are fully trained and experienced to solve your corrosion problems. For more information on our copper repiping services and water treatment units, call us at 1-888-937-3350 for an estimate today!


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