Corrosion, or the wearing of pipe material, is the result of three interactive factors: the material your pipes are made out of, the environment that your pipes are in, and how often you use your plumbing. If the conditions are just right, your pipeline may crack as a result of corrosive stress.
Some common and corrosive combinations of environmental factors and pipe material include: aluminum and seawater, copper and ammonia vapor, lead and lead acetate, or steel and sodium nitrate. These combinations are indexed and noted, so prevention is possible simply by being more informed. However, simple, repetitive use can add to corrosion over time.
In order to prevent pipelines from becoming corroded, it is necessary to determine where your pipelines could suffer from corrosive stress. Corrosive stress often results in the cracking of pipes or frequent clogs. Clogs are a common pipeline problem, so pipe corrosion can be a sneaky and continuously damaging problem to have, so as long as you are unaware. An inspection of your pipeline can aid greatly in prevention methods, and perhaps find a deeper solution to pipeline repair beyond patching leaks, again and again.
Signs of Pipe Corrosion
Signs that your pipes might be suffering from corrosion include:
- A strange, metallic or sweet taste in your water. Metallic tastes in water are usually a sign of copper pipes corroding, whereas a sweet taste in your water could be the dangerous result of lead pipes corroding.
- Stains in your sink, bathtub, or a sudden change in the color of your water could be the result of pipe corrosion. As your pipe substance wears, it also flushes its contents into your water, leaving particles or color behind.
- Frequent leaks can be caused by the corrosion. If the environment and material of your pipes are not interacting well, the material will wear and leak. Patching the pipes in this instance is ineffective, and you will need a technician to aid in repairing your pipelines for corrosive stress.
If your home is experiencing symptoms of pipe corrosion, or are interested in a diagnostic pipeline assessment, The Pipe Medic’s technicians can help determine the best course of action using the latest trenchless plumbing technology. Rather than digging a ditch, or blindly pouring harsh chemicals down drain systems, The Pipe Medic utilizes sewer camera inspections in order to see and determine the problem from the inside of your pipelines before moving on to a focused objective. Not only is trenchless technology a cost-effective method of assessing pipe systems, it is also much better for the environment.
Many piping problems result in similar symptoms, and it can be confusing. Call The Pipe Medics today to help clarify what you are in need of. Be sure to ask about hydro-jetting services for drain clogs, sewer camera inspections for diagnostics, or even to ask general questions about your pipe systems, like identifying the location of your main water line. The Pipe Medic Technicians are happy to help empower you to maintain your pipeline’s health, and to prevent pipe problems from reoccurring in the future.