Since the 1960s, the majority of the plumbing pipes installed in new homes have been copper. This is because copper is a very sturdy material, resistant to rust, and capable of lasting up to a century under ideal circumstances. However, even copper pipes can be afflicted by serious issues. It’s important that you know what kinds of problems can shorten the lifespan of your pipes, so that you know when to call for plumbing services. Let’s take a look at a couple of the problems that can lead to pipe replacement.
Pitted corrosion is caused by chlorine particles interacting with the copper in the pipes. Pitted corrosion works quickly, and is focused on a small area of the pipe. This allows it to quickly open up tiny leaks in the pipe, known as pinhole leaks. Pinhole leaks can cause a great deal of water damage if they are not detected early. Individual pinhole leaks are not a major danger to the pipes, but they can build up over time. Eventually, you may have to replace one or more of your pipes if they have multiple pinhole leaks.
Lime scale is the result of hard water, which is water with a higher than normal calcium and magnesium content. As hard water flows through the pipes in your home, it deposits small amounts of minerals on the walls of the pipes. Over time, these mineral deposits build up into lime scale. The lime scale restricts the flow of water through the pipe, reducing water pressure. If the scale isn’t cleaned out in time, it will harden and be impossible to remove without damaging the pipe.
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