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How to Detect Corroded Pipes

Statistics reveal that pipe corrosion costs US homeowners over 1 billion dollars. Water passing through corroded pipes can take on a "rusty" shade, become highly acidic, and consequently turn undrinkable. When metal lines are embedded in wet soil, dissolved minerals like sulfate and chloride will corrode cast iron and galvanized pipes. Corroded or rusty pipes are weaker by definition and are therefore more susceptible to the formation of slab leaks.

Avail of Plumber Washington DC two thumb rules on how to detect corroded pipes:

  1. Regular inspection of piping and fitting can help you pick up on corrosion before the problem takes a turn for the worse. The source of corrosion will show up through worn or discolored areas along the pipeline.
  2. The pH balance of water is a great indicator for corrosion. Low pH values indicate highly acidic water and point to possible corrosion. Installation of a calcite neutralizer tank, also known as a soda ash feeder, will reduce chances of corrosive water by monitoring pH balances and raising low values to safe levels of 7.0 to 8.0.

Hydraulic wear on the piping system from sediment, sand and grit buildup or from high water pressure in relation to the diameter of pipes - can also cause corrosion. Regular cleaning of drains and flushing of pipes can reduce chances of corrosion if not completely prevent this problem.

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