What’s the Deal with Pipe Corrosion?


Nothing lasts forever, and that includes your home’s pipes. Corrosion is inevitable, whether it’s the result of time or specific conditions. But there are some things you can do to protect your pipes, plus warning signs you should understand that signal issues. Here’s what to know about pipe corrosion.

Common Causes of Pipe Corrosion

Quick science lesson: corrosion is an electrochemical electron exchange, which means the metal loses electrons through contact with something else. Eventually, this level of wear can lead to things like rust, clogs, or leaks. Some of the most common causes of pipe corrosion include:

  • low pH, which means acidic water
  • high percentage of oxygen, which can hasten oxidation
  • high mineral content, which can lead to a mineral build-up
  • high water velocity, which can cause premature wear and tear
  • electrical currents, which can trigger corrosive reactions

In many instances, pipe corrosion is reflected in things like discolored or cloudy water, bitter taste and foul odor, and more seriously, health issues. In your pipes, corrosion presents another set of issues. You may notice things like low water pressure, leaks, breaks, rust stains, or even damaged appliances.

Preventing corrosion in your pipes typically means having a certified plumber check your plumbing. In northern Nevada and northern California, River City Plumbing can perform an assessment to ensure your pipes are in good shape and your water is safe and healthy to use and drink. Water softeners and filters can be good options if you’re dealing with hard water, and there are also options for repairing or replacing corroded pipes. If you’re seeing any of the warning signs outlined above, make a point of contacting a licensed plumber now. And don’t wait! For scheduled and emergency pipe service, contact River City Plumbing today.

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