How to Prevent Pipe Corrosion
- Install water softener
- Protective pipe linings
- Expoxy coatings
- Pipe maintenance
- Keep pipes stable
Plumbing systems are meant to last, and metal is usually the most durable option for material. The only problem with metal pipes is that they can begin to rust if exposed to corrosive materials in the water.
Minerals and heavy metals in the water can create a chemical reaction that makes corrosion begin. Any damage to the metal from intruding tree roots or shifting dirt underground can also cause rust. Dirty pipes with a film of mineral deposits, called scale, narrow the waterway and can begin to corrode the metal as the sediments build up.
Rust from corrosion can eat away metal pipes until leaks, and other plumbing issues occur. Not only does corrosion destroy pipes, it can also damage expensive plumbing fixtures such as water heaters. In this blog post, learn three ways that homeowners can protect their plumbing from corrosion.
Coatings and Protective Linings
When water has an overly high content of minerals, it is called hard water. Mineral scale makes it hard to keep plumbing fixtures clean. It can even reduce water pressure as it causes waterways to narrow. Over time, the mineral scale can lead to corrosion of the pipes.
Installing a whole home water softener is the best way to fix hard water. One can install a water softener on the main water line to filter all of the home’s water. Water softeners contain negatively charged resin beads that attract the positively charged molecules of minerals and filter them out. Water softeners help improve plumbing systems' longevity and have many other benefits.
Schedule Plumbing Maintenance
The best thing that homeowners can do for their plumbing systems is to schedule regular plumbing maintenance with a professional plumber. During plumbing maintenance appointments, the plumber can inspect the plumbing for signs of damage or parts that need to be replaced. Plumbers know the signs of corroded water pipes that homeowners might not notice.
Fixing small problems early on can prevent them from turning into larger problems. Water heater maintenance is an important part of plumbing maintenance for homeowners. The natural minerals found in water can separate into solid sediment in the water heater tank. The water heater tank needs to be dumped and cleaned annually to prevent corrosion from the sediment.
Homeowners should always trust a fully licensed and insured professional with plumbing maintenance and repairs. An experienced plumber will be able to offer homeowners solutions for how to optimize their plumbing system for longevity and performance. Maintenance saves homeowners money in the long run by keeping the plumbing running smoothly.