Common Causes of Leaky Pipes

A lot of factor can actually work alone or in combination in order to affect the corrosion rate in any plumbing system. Depending on the degree as well as number of these factors, even a new plumbing system can show corrosive wear signs in as early as 2 years after the installation process. However, what’s more difficult to service is a piping system that has been operating 15 years or more without any maintenance.
Leaky Pipes

The corrosive effect that the water source can have on a plumbing system doesn’t mean that the quality of the water is poor. As a matter of fact, even those certain areas where the water for drinking has been rated the best in the country. For example, in the region of the Pacific Northwest, the quality of source water has been rated as one of the best water for drinking in the whole world. But, the water has still a very corrosive effect on the pipes due to several factors but water to the quality of the water and these often include:

  • pH level
  • Oxygen amount
  • Water temperature
  • Water chemistry
  • Pressure/velocity of water in the pipe

In addition to that, the corrosion rate could also be affected by the water’s chemical content as well as the galvanic corrosion amount from the utilization of different metals that might be directly in contact with the plumbing system.

Other major factors that contribute to corrosion include improperly balanced system, installation of distribution lines that are undersized, as well as oversized circulation pumps.

Repair Options

Nowadays, most homeowners have a wide array of repair options to choose from. But, none of the options actually address the problem’s root cause. Usually, common repair options include:

1. Replacing a large or small section of tube

2. Fixing the leak through external solder application

3. Making a new plumbing system for the home (However, even when you re-plumb your system completely using new copper tubing, it still doesn’t guarantee that this problem will not recur.

4. Replacing and re-plumbing copper with CPVC or PVC

5. Coat the existing pipes’ inside area with epoxy

6. Buying potential cures such as magnets

Always remember that the corrosion’s cause and effect should be identified first so that any appropriate solution or repair is made. In almost all cases, using one or maybe more traditional repair methods often involves tearing out pipes and walls as well as replacing or repairing them. In addition to that, in some cases of chemical flushing, a powerful chemical agent should be used.

When you need repair, replacement or maintenance service on your plumbing system, it is very imperative that you only hire Tempe plumbers since they have the experience, expertise and knowledge on how to perform the job in the safest and accurate manner. Aside from that, they also carry the most proper tools and equipment, so you can stay worry free that your plumbing system is in good hands.