Pipe corrosion is something that every homeowner should be aware of. Not only can it shave years off of your plumbing's life span, but it can also cause your appliances to malfunction and break, and it can cause serious health effects.
Our modern piping systems are what we use to enjoy the modern conveniences we often take for granted. For example, everything from our water heater, washing machines, dishwashers, and coffee maker can be affected by corrosion in our piping.
In this article, you will learn how corrosion comes about, and how best to combat it with some everyday practices. No longer will you have to worry about the corrosion in your pipes. We have you covered below!
What Causes Pipe Corrosion?
Pipe corrosion has several different causes. Some of these things are easier to treat, and some of them are preventable. Below, we have outlined the five most common causes of pipe corrosion:
- When you have copper piping, and the PH level falls below a certain point, you will notice corrosion.
- When oxygen is mixed with water it is harmful to metals in the form of rust. If you have too much oxygen in your pipes, the rust will eat away at your pipes.
- Mineral build-up, such as calcium, can cause corrosion as well.
- Research has shown that the hotter the water temperature is, the more damage it can do to your pipes causing corrosion.
- Finally, sudden changes in pressure, or a change in water direction, can also cause corrosion.
A few other causes of pipe corrosion is using acid-based clog remover (such as Drain-O) and pouring things like grease and oil down the drain.
How Can I Clean My Pipes?
Cleaning your pipes at home is an option that many people use. This is especially effective when dealing with mineral and calcium build-up that is on the surface level of your pipes (not too deep within your piping system). Here is one good remedy.
- Remove any freestanding water that is still left behind.
- Pour 1 gallon of distilled white vinegar down the drain.
- Allow the vinegar to loosen up the calcium for 30 minutes.
- Use a long-handled scrub brush (preferably plastic) to scrub out as much of the buildup as possible.
Vinegar will help to remove the calcium build-up by allowing the acid to melt it down. If you have signs of hard water, it is recommended to do this once a month; or until signs of build-up appear.
Do I Need To Have My Home Repiped?
In extreme cases, you may have to have house repiping services, but in most cases having your pipes cleaned can work just as well. Pipe cleaning is recommended for homes that have signs of corrosion as it can help prevent further damage.
Pipe cleaning can be done in a few hours with little disruption to your life. Generally, a pressurized hose is used to clean out your pipes while a camera is used to check for any underlying conditions that may have been missed.
Where Can I Turn For Help?
If you have decided to repipe your home, or you would like to have your pipes cleaned, Yochim Plumbing is here to help! We have experience with all the fine points of your piping system, and we have licensed technicians standing by. Give us a call today at (661) 252-1743.