Your Plumbing Could Be Affected by Corrosion

Nearly all plumbing pipes that are put into homes today are made of copper. This is due to them being extremely resistant to rust and that under the right conditions, they can last for many decades. However, this does not mean they are incapable of corroding. Let’s discuss the two different types of corrosion people see in their pipes.

Formicary Corrosion

This type of corrosion is caused by formaldehyde particles that are in the air and in the soil. The formaldehyde eats small holes in the copper pipe, corroding it over time. When this happens, it will cause major leaks and significantly decrease the lifespan of your plumbing pipes. Unfortunately, once this process has started, there isn’t much you can do to stop it.

Pitted Corrosion

When chlorine particles are present in the area of a pipe, pitted corrosion occurs. This type of corrosion is more rapid than the aforementioned formicary as the degradation occurs in one small area of the pipe, rather than in microscopic spots all over it. When pitted corrosion occurs, it will cause what is called a pinhole leak. This sort of leak may sound harmless but over time, it can be the cause of water damage taking out an entire wall.

Are Your Pipes Being Affected By Corrosion?

While you may not know if corrosion is occurring in your pipes, having annual plumbing inspections can help you to feel at ease. Even if High 5 Plumbing does find that your pipes are corroded, knowing sooner rather than later is your best bet. Call us today at (720) 330-4868!

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