How Do You Treat Corroded Pipes?
How Do You Treat Corroded Pipes?February 09 / 2020
Corroded pipes can lead to plumbing failure. The first step in addressing corroded pipes is being able to identify the problem, then formulate a treatment plan. When treating corroded pipes you have several options. The method you choose will depend on the severity of the corrosion and your budget.
Addressing Corroded PipesWhen it comes to corroded pipes it is important to be able to recognize the signs of corrosion. The quicker you respond to the issue, the easier it will be to fix. In addition, recognizing the early signs of corrosion can help you take the proper steps to prevention. Some signs that indicate corrosion include:
- Weird tasting water - Under normal circumstances, clean water has no taste. However, due to oxidation too many minerals can build up, which can lead to a metallic taste from copper pipes or a sweet taste from lead pipes.
- Strange smell to the water - Clean water should also have no smell, it is the oxidation process that can give it an off smell.
- Discolored water - Discolored water, especially when you first turn on the faucet in the morning is a good indicator that you have corroded pipes. Corroded copper pipes will cast a blue/green hue to water, while corroded cast iron will turn water a rusty brown color. Discolored water can stain plumbing fixtures, clothing, and even light colored hair.
- Leaks - Corroded pipes can cause your pipes to become brittle leaving them susceptible to pin hole leaks. These are small leaks that if left unchecked can get much worse.
- Clogs - Corrosion can provide enough of a blockage to obstruct the flow of water. If you are suffering from repeat clogs, it may be time to take a deeper look.
- Low Water Pressure - If water comes trickling out of the faucet, it could be due to corroded supply lines.