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The Best Way to Detect Pipe Corrosion

One of the biggest issues with plumbing systems is how difficult they are to diagnose with problems, at least as a homeowner. Much of the network is hidden from view, and warning signs for plumbing problems tend to be few and far between. One of the more common issues that can afflict your plumbing system, corrosion, is extremely difficult to detect early. Read on to find out how you can discover corrosion before it destroys your pipes.


The most common type of pipe material in modern homes is copper, and the most common types of corrosion that can afflict copper pipes are formicary and pitted. Formicary corrosion is caused by formaldehyde particles, and it eats microscopic holes through the copper. This weakens the pipe, making it easier for leaks and ruptures to occur.

Pitted corrosion, on the other hand, is the result of chlorine particles interacting with the copper. Pitted corrosion tends to work quickly, and within a small area, to open up tiny leaks in the pipe. These tiny leaks are called pinhole leaks. Pinhole leaks are next to impossible to detect until they’ve caused widespread water damage to the surrounding area, which could take months. The only real way to find these issues before they cause a tremendous damage is with plumbing maintenance.

Plumbing Maintenance

You should be sure to schedule maintenance for your plumbing system at least once a year, so that your plumber can find and fix problems before they have a chance to develop. Plumbing maintenance is the best way to identify problematic corrosion areas and deal with them in a timely manner. Otherwise, you have to wait for the consequences before you can deal with them.

The Sunny Plumber offers a full range of plumbing maintenance services throughout Phoenix, AZ. Call today for an appointment.

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