Your home’s pipe system is like the invisible system of veins and arteries within our bodies. And just as it’s important to keep our veins and arteries in clean working condition, it is also important to keep our home’s pipes in good condition. With prolonged use, your pipes might suffer from corrosion and cause other issues (like water leaks, burst pipes, etc).
Thankfully, you can stop corroded pipes before they become too problematic with a few simple, at-home tricks. Before we can cover how to stop corroded pipes, let’s first learn about why pipes corrode in the first place.
What Causes Pipe Corrosion?
In plain terms, pipe corrosion is the wearing down of the metal pipe itself. Pipe corrosion can be caused by an array of factors.
The pH level of the water can wear down the protective coating on a pipe, leading to pipe corrosion over time. Oxygen in the water can all lead to corrosion, as the oxygen oxidizes the metal pipe and leads to rusting.
The water’s chemical makeup will also affect pipe corrosion, as harder water will cause more damage to the piping. The rate at which pipe corrosion occurs is also affected by a couple of factors.
The speed at which the water travels through the pipe will affect the rate of corrosion, as will the temperature of the water. With the main causes of pipe corrosion covered, we can discuss how to stop corroded pipes.
Tips for Clean Pipes
Because most corrosion is caused by mineral buildups in the pipes, it’s pertinent to actively maintain and clean pipes. Fortunately, there is a simple, at-home process that can help you maintain clean pipes.
- Begin by completely draining all affected pipes and drains.
- Pour a gallon of white vinegar down the drain, the acidity of which will help to break up the mineral deposits, and wait for a half-hour.
- Run a pipe-cleaning brush through the pipe and scrub out the deposit.
- Thoroughly rinse the affected section.
Once this process is complete, and you are working mineral deposit free pipes, you can install a hard water system onto your pipe system. This filter will prevent corrosive minerals from ever entering the system, helping to maintain clean pipes and stop corroded pipes from ever developing.
Knowing When Repiping Is Necessary
Sometimes simple cleaning and reset of your system aren’t enough. This may be the case if your home was built before a certain year when less durable materials were used.
This could also be the case if your pipes have never received a thorough cleaning. In these cases, a full repiping of the system may be in order.
While repiping can be an expensive process, the upgrade will both add value to your home and give you peace of mind knowing your pipe system is fully up to snuff. Learning about what causes corrosion in pipes can illustrate that preventing corrosion in the first place is not such a daunting challenge.
By starting from square one in terms of pipe cleanliness and preventing the corrosive minerals from ever entering the pipes, you are taking the necessary precautions to stop corroded pipes from ever occurring.
If you think your pipes might already be corroded, or you want a more thorough and professional inspection of the system, contact our pros at Albert Nahman Services to learn more.