How & Why Pipes Corrode

How & Why Pipes Corrode

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, the expert 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!

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