Homeowners might get confused when we say that corrosion is a “natural” process. This doesn’t mean that it’s a good process, or that you should let your pipes corrode, but we do have to approach this from a scientific perspective. Pipes that are made out of metal like copper or galvanized steel will automatically start to chemically react with the substances that they come into physical contact with. Our plumbing systems don’t live in a vacuum, so they’re always going to deal with some level of corrosion.
The good news is that the more you know about corrosion, like how long it takes and why it happens to certain substances more than others, the better off you’re likely to be. If you can correctly identify corroding pipes, then you can quickly call us for pipe replacement in Tucson and we can get to work bringing your plumbing system back up to speed.
What Is Corrosion?
When we hear the term oxygen, we usually think of the air we breathe. Animals all over this planet and humans alike rely on the oxygen in the air to live, which is why we use oxygen tanks to dive deep in the ocean and we require oxygen supplies to go into space. Unfortunately, the biggest problem with corrosion and our environment is the fact that oxygen is the primary acting agent that corrodes metal.
Have you ever heard the term oxidation? This is the process of oxygen rusting a metal substance through prolonged contact. Similar to how air weathers metal, water also contains oxygen (the O in H2O), and the higher oxygen content in your water, the faster your pipes will corrode. This is the basis behind corrosion and why it’s impossible to halt in its entirety.
How Does Corrosion Occur Quickly?
There are a few ways corrosion can occur more quickly in some pipes.
- Oxygen levels in the water. As we mentioned earlier, the more oxygen content in your water, the faster your pipes will corrode. This quality can be tested by a professional plumber.
- The pH of the water. The more acidic your water is, the more it’s going to interact with your pipes in a chemical reaction. This isn’t necessarily natural corrosion, but it happens all the same and will limit the lifespan of your pipes.
- Exposed pipes. While pipes can corrode from the inside due to the quality of your water, pipes can also corrode from the outside. If this is happening, your pipe system’s lifespan will be cut in half as it’s being corroded from either side. This is like a candle being lit from both ends!
How to Resist Corrosion
The truth of the matter is that there’s not much you can do to resist corrosion. For starters, corrosion is a slow process, so as long as you get your pipes replaced when a professional plumber tells you to, you should be all set for the future. Also, maintenance is a great way to extend the lifespan of your pipes since a professional plumber can take a look and locate which particular pipes are suffering from corrosion the most and do something about it!
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