How to Prevent Corrosion in Water Pipes

How to Prevent Corrosion in Water Pipes

It can be any homeowner’s worst nightmare — a leak has formed in one of the copper plumbing pipes.

Shortly after patching the first leak, you find another.

Then another.

Then another.

When water leaks go left undetected, extensive damage and mold growth can occur in your home. The key to avoiding water pipe corrosion is preventing it from happening in the first place.

Signs of Corrosion in Water Pipes

Copper is the most common material used for plumbing pipes here in Florida. It is relatively easy to use and resistant to permeation by liquids and gases. Unfortunately, this last positive attribute may be the source of corrosion and contamination.

Read on to learn signs it’s time to replace your pipes, as well as how to prevent damage in the first place.

Leaking Pipes: Even one small leak is a sign your pipes need to be replaced. The majority of your pipes will be the same age and have been under the same pressure. This means if one pipe gives way, it won’t be long until the rest of the pipes start leaking.

Discolored Water: If your water is yellow or brownish in color, it’s likely that your pipes have corrosion and should be replaced.

Visible Corrosion: Visible corrosion is a sign there are holes forming (or already existing) in your pipes.

Multiple Previous Pipe Leaks: Look at any past home inspection reports you got when you purchased your home. If three or four leaks have been documented in the past, we recommend having your pipes replaced.

How to Prevent Corrosion in Water Pipes

It’s impossible to totally leak-proof your pipes, but there a couple of ways in which to avoid corrosion and water intrusion.

Use pipe-clamps to temporarily stop leaks: First, stock up on pipe-clamps in order to temporarily stop leaks until professional and permanent repairs can be made.

Inspect the pipes: Also, before purchasing a home, either self-inspect or have a licensed plumber inspect the pipes and ask how long the home has been vacant for.

Test pH values: Lastly, have your water tested for pH value. Your water pH should always be higher than 7, and if it isn’t, contact your water department. It’s also necessary to test the pH a number of times in order to catch any slight variations.

Contact Climate Design for Plumbing Services in Clearwater, FL

Preventing damage or corrosion to your pipes not only helps you to avoid costly repairs but also gives you peace of mind.

Contact Climate Design today to fix your immediate plumbing issues, help save money on your power bill and to increase the lifespan of your pipes.

Call (888) 572-7245 to Schedule Your Appointment