How To Prevent Corrosion In Copper Pipes

Copper pipes are more commonly used in plumbing then most other metals because they are less likely to corrode. Zinc-coated iron pipes, called galvanized pipes, have been replaced almost nationwide with copper; before corrosion was an inevitability as the iron rusted from the constant flow of water.

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But copper pipes can still corrode under certain conditions: homes with soft water or acidic well-water may experience corrosion if the system is not properly treated. Corrosion is caused by the acids in your water cause microscopic pits in the copper, leading to oxidation and discoloration.Are you looking for Coating services then you can visit Hvof Coating and Wear Resistant Coatings

If you notice many, pinhole-sized leaks in a short period of time or strange discolorations in your copper piping, the pipes will need to be replaced before the leaks will stop appearing.

Corrosion in your pipes can also lead to massive water damage in your home, especially if the leak is a slow leak located inside of a wall. The dripping water inside of your walls would make for a great growing ground for mold, mildew, and even bacteria. Successive pipe problems due to corrosion can also lead to the loss of insurance, loss of water pressure, and even discoloration of water, which may lead to stains inside of your washers, bathtubs and sinks.

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Corrosion repair can be costly, and is not usually a DIY project. The first thing you want to do is to find the source of the corrosion; if harsh water from a well is causing the corrosion, it can be fixed by the installation of an acidic water filtration system. This will help to safely neutralize the acids in the water before it ever reaches your copper piping.Get more info on Copper Pipes here

Poor workmanship can also be a cause of corrosion. If you pipes are undersized for the amount of water trying to push through it, it may cause deterioration of copper piping by sheer water pressure. Hiring a new contractor to replace the piping may be your only solution.

After the source has been corrected, you will want to replace or solder-over all pinhole leaks in your copper pipes. If the problem is widespread over your home, you may want to consider repiping your whole home, or coating the interior of the existing pipes with epoxy.

 

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