If you have a home that was constructed after the 1950s, you very likely have a copper water line. Copper is the primary material for plumbing pipes, due to its longevity and resistance to corrosion. In fact, under ideal circumstances a copper water line will last up to 100 years. So you may think that you will never have to replace your water line. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for some people. Let’s take a look at a couple of problems that can necessitate water line replacement.
Though copper pipes are resistant to many kinds of corrosion, there are two types to which they are still susceptible. Formicary and pitting corrosion are caused by formaldehyde and chlorine particles in the soil and in the air. These corrosion types cause the copper to degrade and weaken, opening leaks over time. If left unchecked, these can damage the pipe to the point where it must be replaced.
Though it may seem odd to hear at first, tree roots are actually a major threat to water lines. If there is a tree anywhere near the vicinity of your water line, it is possible for the root system to grow into the pipe. (Roots naturally grow toward areas of moisture.) If caught early enough, these roots can be cut out of the pipe without having to replace the whole pipe. If allowed to grow for a long enough period of time, however, the root system can obstruct the flow of water through the pipe, or even force crack along it. At this point, the damage is typically too extensive to fix. The pipe will need to be replaced if the root system is this advanced.
If you suspect that your water line needs to be replaced, call The Sunny Plumber. Our expert plumbers serve the entire Phoenix, AZ area.