If you own a property, you know there are always maintenance issues to deal with. They can be quite the headache, right? While we can often get by without fixing every little tiny thing that goes wrong, failing to deal with major structural or mechanical issues is a much bigger concern. This is certainly the case when dealing with plumbing corrosion or leaking pipes.
What Type of Pipes Do I Have?
In most older homes, plumbing was installed with galvanized steel which is coated in zinc to protect it against corrosion. However, the coating does erode over time leaving the pipes susceptible to corrosion. The worst part? You may not even realize your pipes are breaking down.
What Causes Pipe Corrosion?
Water in its purest form does not readily corrode, but unfortunately, that’s not what our homes are dealing with on a regular basis. Our water is filled with minerals that can really take a toll on the structural integrity of our plumbing systems.
Tap water can be low in calcium and contain dissolved carbon dioxide gas and have a low pH condition. This, plus a host of other minerals and conditions is the perfect recipe for disaster.
Here’s what you should be keeping a close eye out for, that could signal your pipes are on their last legs:
Calcification Build Up Around Piping Junctures (chalky discoloration)
Reduced Water Flow
Green Corrosion on Copper Piping
Rusty Orange Corrosion of Galvanized Steel Pipes
Notice any of the above on or around the pipes in your home? That means it’s time to call a professional plumber. After all, you’ll save a fortune (not to mention the headaches) by being proactive and replacing your pipes before everything “goes down the drain.” Give Uptown Plumbing a call today at 612-284-5789.