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What Causes Pipe Corrosion?

Posted on September 2nd, 2015

Pipe corrosion is more common than you think. In fact, it’s estimated that it costs US homeowners more than $1 billion annually. But what exactly causes pipe corrosion? Below, the experts of Plumbing Medic explain:

Water quality

Water with a pH of 6.8 or less can dissolve copper over time. This type of water is considered acidic, and usually comes from wells. Hard water can also lead to pipe corrosion; the dissolved minerals can create an electrical charge that eats away at copper.

What Causes Pipe Corrosion - Gilbert, AZ

Water velocity

Very high water pressure tends to create too much velocity. When water constantly travels through your home’s pipes at high speeds, it can wear down your pipes. This is more likely to happen in pipes that are too small for the amount of water pumping through them.

Poor plumbing practices

Just another reason to make sure you’re working with a professional! Poor plumbing practices — like failing to properly de-burr pipes — can certainly cause pipe corrosion. Be sure to hire a trusted plumber for all installation and repair projects.

Are you dealing with a leak that you suspect could be due to pipe corrosion? Locally owned and operated Plumbing Medic is here to help! Our knowledgeable staff will identify where your leak is coming from and handle any necessary repairs fast. Give us a call today:

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