Many variables work either alone or in conjunction to cause and effect
the speed of corrosion in a piping system. Such factors include the pH
levels, oxygen and chemical composition of the water, velocity, age of
the pipes, and even the temperature of the water. Pipe corrosion is not
related to the quality of water since even the best water may have a very
corrosive effect on a piping system, dependent upon the presence of these
variables. Moisture and oxygen are often the main culprits, resulting
in rust, which creates friction that locks up the metal joints and impact
water pressure. On the outside, poor soil conditions, or the use of clay
soil, may also cause corrosion, which can lead to leaks and contamination.
There are some temporary solutions that can address rust, such as thread-loosening
lubricants, or plumber’s wax. However, these sections of rust should
eventually be removed and replaced as the presence of harmful metals in
water supply may have an impact on the health of those exposed to it.
While not every
plumbing concern may require a professional, corroded pipes are a job best addressed
by a plumber, especially since replacements are a likely necessity for
this issue. A large scale job such as this is best performed by a professional
plumber. Even when handled by a professional, repiping is time-intensive
and may involve cutting open walls and ceilings in order to remove the
corroded pipes. Although it may be inconvenient, possibly resulting in
no water for about a week and having to repair walls or ceilings damaged
during the repiping process, the consequences of not replacing corroded
pipes are worse. In the long run, fixing corroded pipes will prevent further
costs and problems that may arise from ignoring the problem.
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address your plumbing needs. Our services also include free estimates
and a variety of warranties on plumbing parts and services performed.
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