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.
The longer 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. Read on to learn how.
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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 for 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.
How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Pipes
1. Figure out when your pipes were last replaced
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.
2. Call a plumber to inspect your system
A professional plumber will be able to perform a complete and thorough inspection of your plumbing system to determine if your pipes should be replaced.
3. Your pipes are leaking
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.
4. Your water is discolored
If your water is yellow or brownish in color, it’s likely that your pipes have corrosion and should be replaced.
5. Your pipes are visibly corroding
Visible corrosion is a sign there are holes forming (or already existing) in your pipes.
How to Avoid Leaking Pipes
It’s impossible to totally leak-proof your pipes, but there a couple of ways in which to avoid corrosion and water intrusion. First, stock up on pipe-clamps in order to temporarily stop leaks until professional and permanent repairs can be made. 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.
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.
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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.