How To Prevent Pipe Corrosion
Water can corrode piping. Corrosion happens for several reasons, not all of which are preventable. Many homes now have copper piping, which is fairly corrosive-resistant. But still, homeowners will most likely deal with some form of pipe deterioration at one point or another in their lives. There are a few things they can do now before it gets worse that could help prevent future problems from happening and ways in which homeowners might be able to go about fixing them if prevention fails.
Why Do Pipes Corrode at All?
Some of the causes of pipe corrosion include high water velocity, dissolved oxygen or certain bacteria in the water, and hot water temperatures. Sediment grit or sand can also cause corrosion if not dealt with properly during installation.
Pipes can also corrode due to a higher acidity level in the water. If the pH balance is too low (6 or below) or too high (8 or above), the water may not even be considered safe to drink. What homeowners put down their drains can also contribute to corrosion, such as acid-based drain cleaners and grease from cooking. One telltale sign of corroding copper pipes is the presence of a bluish residue left behind in the sink.
Maintaining Pipes To Prevent Corrosion
One of the best ways to prevent corrosion is by ensuring that the pipes are cleaned regularly. It’s possible to use vinegar to clean out some of the pipes and help prevent corrosion, but the best bet is to use a professional plumbing company. For those who want to go the DIY route, it’s best to pour an entire gallon of white vinegar into the pipe and let it sit for about half an hour. Then, use a flexible brush to clean as far down into the pipe as possible. This can break up calcium deposits and help prevent corrosion.
It’s also a good idea to have the home’s water tested for certain corrosive minerals. Those who have hard water may want to install a water softener to help the issue of corrosion. Talking this over with a certified professional is always the best idea before making any moves.
Is It Best To Replace Corroded Pipes?
In some extreme cases, the corrosion may be so severe that the only viable option is to replace the pipes. It’s called repiping and is most likely to be needed in older homes, such as those with steel plumbing. Although this sounds like quite the job, many homeowners are surprised at how simple and quick the process usually is. Depending on the corrosion, only select pipes may need to be replaced instead of the whole home’s piping.
If allowed to continue untreated, corrosion can make drinking water dangerous to drink and even cause thousands of dollars in damage. Corrosion can cause pinhole leaks, which can lead to water damage. It can also cause health problems if members of the household continue to drink the water. Homeowners that suspect they have corrosion in the plumbing system should contact a professional plumbing company to assess the issue.
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