Top-Quality Tips for Stopping Pipe Corrosion

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Your home’s plumbing system and the ability for you and your family to use water daily depends on the complex network of pipes inside of it. These pipes must be kept free of leaks and corrosion to function effectively.

Leaks are easier to spot because they are visible, however, pipes can look brand new on the outside but have dangerous corrosion hiding on the inside.

So, how do you stop corroded pipes?

This article will teach you about:

Why Does Pipe Corrosion Happen?

Pipes become clogged with corrosion for a few different reasons. Many times, a pipe can look almost brand new on the outside but have rust clogging much of the diameter on the inside.

Here are a few of the biggest reasons your pipes corrode:

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These are other causes of corrosion, but these are the most common. Next, we’ll give you some information on how to prevent corrosion in your home’s pipes and what signs to look for to see if you have a problem.

Clean Pipes Versus Corroded Pipes, What to Look for

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When your home was built the plumbing system was brand new and your pipes were clean and clear of obstruction.

Just because your home is getting older, doesn’t necessarily mean that its pipes have corrosion.

In fact, many newer homes may have just as much corrosion due to poor maintenance or incorrect installations. To prevent corrosion, one of the most important things you can do is to test your water supply for the presence of minerals, metals, and other materials.

With this information, you can install appliances such as water softeners to remove as much of this material as possible to prevent it from building up on the interior of your pipes. It’s best to have these measures in place from the very beginning.

Signs of Corroded Pipes in Older Homes

Corroded pipes leave clues that you can see if you know what to look for:

These can all be signs of corroded pipes. Most homeowners cringe when they realize that they may be dealing with a corrosion situation. They believe that the repair will be expensive and time-consuming, but there are other options available.

I’ve Got Pipe Corrosion, Is the Only Solution Repiping My Home?

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There are other options depending on the severity of your problem, including repiping your home. Sometimes the corrosion is only in a small area, and a simple spot repair may be all that is needed.

Other times, there is only corrosion on the drain side of things and chemicals or mechanical methods can remove the corrosion. If you think your home may have issues with corroded pipes, give our pros at The Plumbing Factory, Inc. a call.

We can inspect your pipes and recommend a course of treatment that is as minimally invasive as possible. Don’t let fear and worry prevent you from acting, we deal with these situations all the time and can help you solve this problem once and for all.