Professional Corroded Pipe Solutions
It takes a vast network of pipes to deliver water to every faucet in your home. This means that there are hundreds of feet of pipes — and any one of them could experience corrosion. What causes corrosion in the first place, and how can you tell that you need corroded pipe repairs?
Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect has all the information you need to know about the corrosion in your pipes. We’ve served the Edmond community for years, so we know exactly what to look out for. Plus, we have the best solutions for your corroded pipes!
3 Signs That Your Pipes Are Corroded
Since all your pipes are hidden inside your walls and floors, how are you supposed to evaluate them for corrosion? You can’t even look inside pipes! Don’t worry. Corrosion always reveals symptoms in other areas of your home, particularly your water.
Poor Water Quality
When water flows through corroded pipes, it doesn’t come out your faucet unaffected. Some things to keep an eye on are color, smell and taste. Water from corroded pipes might take on a brownish or blue-green color. It also might smell or taste metallic from the metal pipes it ran through.
Poor Water Pressure
If enough corrosion has formed, the inside of the pipe can shrink. This might cause bad water pressure throughout the home as the water struggles to make it through the tight pipes.
Strange Water Temperature
Fluctuations in your water temperature can also indicate corrosion. Corrosion is more likely to occur in hot water pipes, so sudden changes from warm to hot water can be a sign that the corrosion has affected the anti-scald mechanism.
What Causes Pipe Corrosion?
The basic definition of pipe corrosion is that a reaction has occurred between the metal of the pipe and the water or air it’s exposed to. This reaction causes rust and other corrosion to form. Some of the most common causes of corrosion are:
Acidic Water — pH levels below 7 are considered acidic, putting your pipes at higher risk for corrosion over time.
Water Hardness — The chemicals and minerals in your water can also contribute to corrosion. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma’s average water hardness is 146 PPM. This is considered hard water.
Oxygen Level — Overly oxygenated water can increase the likelihood of corrosion. Water with low pH levels is commonly over oxygenated.
Water Velocity — The speed that your water travels can be a cause of corrosion, especially if there are a lot of bends and corners in your pipes or if the water is hot.
Dangers Of Corroded Pipes
In addition to deteriorating your pipes prematurely, corroded pipes pose several health risks to your home. Water exposed to corrosion can start to stain the drains, tubs and sinks with blue or brown color. It can even tint your laundry and hair! Other appliances and fixtures will almost certainly become damaged as well. Corrosion can even make your water unsafe to drink.
Corroded Pipe Services
Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect knows the inconvenience and danger of corroded pipes. That’s why you can trust us to treat your home with the respect and attention to detail it deserves. If you suspect that you have corrosion in your pipes, you need a professional team to evaluate the situation quickly. Contact us today to start your service request!