Why Do Pipes Corrode?

Copper pipes offer many benefits as a home plumbing solution. However, the main concern that you, as a homeowner, should have when you have copper plumbing is the corrosion of the pipes themselves. The bright side is that if you know why the pipes corrode, you can take steps to preventing damage from happening to them.

Why Do Pipes Corrode?

The pH of Water

The acidity levels in your water supply can have serious effects on your pipes. While water with a low pH balance isn’t ideal, water with a high pH balance can corrode the inside of your pipes.

Too Much Oxygen in Water

Oxygen is great for us, but not so much for your pipes. Too much oxygen in your water can eat away at your copper pipes and wear them down from the inside out.

The Water’s Temperature

Water can scald more than just your skin. You may love hot showers, but your pipes probably don’t. Too hot of water can corrode your pipes over time.

The Water’s Speed

If the water flowing through your pipes does so at fast speeds and has to go through bends and turns to get to your faucet or shower, it can add some wear-and-tear to your pipes. The turbulence that comes along with that movement can eventually dig into the pipe walls and break them down.

The Water’s Chemical Makeup

If you have hard water, meaning you have water that contains minerals and/or gases, it can do some real damage to your pipes. All those minerals can corrode your pipes or potentially clog them up entirely.

Other Materials in the Water

If you water contains materials such as dirt, sand, or other grit, as the water passes through your pipes, those particles can cause some wear-and-tear and corrode them from the inside out.

If you want to keep your pipes safe, contact the experts at Ace Solves It All for help. For three decades, we have been proudly serving Orlando, FL and the surrounding communities, and we live by our motto of “One Call Solves It All.” For more information or to schedule a service, call us at (407) 499-8006.​

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