There are few home headaches quite like pipe corrosion. Estimates show that pipe corrosion costs homeowners more than one billion dollars in the United States. Water through corroded pipes can take on coloring and is dangerous to drink. Preventing corrosion now is better than having to replace your entire pipe system later.
What Is Corrosion?
Corrosion is the result of a material wearing away, or altering its properties, as a direct result of coming into contact with its environment. In the case of pipes, corrosion means your pipes are essentially dissolving, which can cause all kinds of problems.
If you suspect corrosion, you'll have to examine your piping system. Look for the area along the piping system that seems to show the most wear or discoloration. This is most likely the source of the corrosion. Even if you don't suspect corrosion, it is a good idea to inspect your pipes for early signs. The sooner you can stop corrosion, the less money it will cost you down the way. If you don't feel confident, call a plumber, and have him show you what to look for, so you can do it yourself in the future.
The pH of water is the system of measurement to determine how acidic, and thus corrosive, water is. Testing your water for pH balance is a great way to determine possible corrosion. Low pH numbers mean highly acidic water, and thus corrosive water. Take action immediately by calling a plumber.
Calcite Neutralizer Tank
Installation of a calcite neutralizer tank will reduce the risk of corrosive water. The calcite neutralizer tank, also known as a soda ash feeder, monitors the pH balance of water, and raises it to a harmless 7.0 to 8.0 level.
One cause of corrosion in pipes is improper grounding of the pipes. Have your pipes inspected, to make sure that they have been properly grounded, and there are no unnecessary electrical currents passing through the pipes.
Flush Your Pipes
Regularly flushing your pipes can prevent buildup of of sand, sediment or other grit that can cause hydraulic wear on the piping. Hydraulic wear can also come from a high volume of water in relation to the size of the pipes.