Whether you are a homeowner or commercial business, piping can be an incredibly
expensive fix. Many factors at work can cause corrosion or other damages
to your pipeline. Continue reading if you are interested in knowing how
your piping can show signs of corrosion only a few years after installing it.
Leading Causes of Pipe Corrosion
Corrosion in the piping systems is natural but the rate it happens may
be quicker if any of these factors are in your plumbing system.
Oxygen in the water: The oxygen in the water will degrade metal, and over time, it will turn
to rust. Impurities from the rusted metal piping can be deposited into
your water line and collect on the sides generating stop ups or blockages.
pH levels in the water: Most copper pipes have a protective barrier around them that can be damaged
if the pH in the water is too low. If the barrier is damaged, it could
lead to pipe corrosion.
Water velocity: turbulence in the water such as excessive turns or elbows in piping can
cause corrosion in piping.
Water temperature: If you like to take hot showers, wash your hands with hot water, or wash
your clothing in hot water, it turns out the more heated the water as
it flows through your pipes, the more corrosive it can be to them.
Chemical make-up of water: Water is made up of many chemicals and minerals that can cause destructive
harm to your pipes. For example, high levels of calcium can build up and
cause block ups.
Not only can the above factors cause you plumbing problems, but they can
also negatively affect your health. If you suspect your pipes are corroding,
Bartlett plumbers at
Smith’s Plumbing Services can help you diagnose, repair and monitor your piping. Give us a call to
make an appointment for your service call today!