Plumbing pipes are designed to last quite a long time, under the right circumstances. There are plenty of homeowners who never have to deal with repiping. However, there are also plenty of situations that can weaken or destroy plumbing pipes. The good news is that if you catch them early enough, many of these problems can be resolved without having to replace the pipe. Read on for more information on these problems, and when to call for repairs.
Most plumbing pipes in homes nowadays are made of copper. This is because copper is long-lasting and resistant to rust. However, copper is not immune to all kinds of corrosion. Formicary and pitted corrosion are caused by formaldehyde and chlorine particles, respectively. These particles eat away at the copper, weakening it and making leaks more likely. You often won’t be able to detect this corrosion without professional video pipe inspection, which you should schedule on an annual basis. The corrosion cannot be prevented, but it can be treated to preserve the pipe (if you catch it early).
Lime scale is the result of hard water, which is water with an unusually high calcium and magnesium content. As the hard water flows over a surface, it deposits small amounts of minerals on it. Over time, these minerals build up into deposits called lime scale. In a plumbing pipe, lime scale can grow large enough to severely restrict the flow of water through the system. If it isn’t removed quickly enough, the lime scale will harden and become impossible to remove without damaging the pipe. Water softeners can protect against lime scale, and pipe inspections can make sure that it’s caught early before it can harden.
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