“Pipe corrosion” is never something that a homeowner wants to hear. You may not know what problems pipe corrosion can cause, but you likely have a feeling that fixing it will be time-consuming and expensive. And you’d be right.
Corrosion of metal pipes can cause serious problems for your plumbing and your home. It’s important that you recognize the early signs that you have corrosion, such as metallic-tasting water or foul smells, and that you schedule regular inspections of your plumbing to catch problems before disasters occur. Here are just a few of the potential disasters that can come from pipe corrosion:
Corroded pipes can lead to small and large leaks. The pinhole corrosion can cause water to drip out, or fittings can start to loosen, allowing for slow leaks. Even a slow leak can lead to major damage of the surrounding area, and it can run up your water bill.
Slow leaks that are left unchecked can also put serious pressure on your plumbing, which can ultimately lead to a pipe bursting. Depending on the severity of the incident, it can lead to more damage to your plumbing and extensive damage to your home.
Large Mold Outbreaks
Mold can be dangerous to your home and your family. It can spread quickly, and it can break down organic materials in your home. If you get certain types of mold, such as black mold, your family’s health will be in jeopardy.
Leaks and drips from corroded pipes can lead to large mold outbreaks in your home. Even a slow drip of water can create a moist environment in your walls or crawlspace. The naturally dark environment, combined with the moisture, creates the perfect breeding ground for mold. By the time you know it’s there, the mold may have already become quite extensive.
It doesn’t take a lot of water to create a lot of damage. Think about what happens when you don’t turn your outside hose off all the way. You likely have a big hole in that area after a day or two. If the hose is leaning against the house, it can make the wood or other materials there softer. Imagine what would happen after several weeks!
The same will happen inside your house wherever your corroded pipes are leaking or dripping. Slow and steady exposure to water can cause serious rot and other damage in your drywall, subflooring, carpets, and more. It can also damage your furniture.
Hard Water Stains
If you have hard water, having corroded pipes can be an even bigger problem. Not only will you get the water damage, but other items that are exposed to the water but that might not have become rotted or otherwise damaged can become stained from the mineral deposits in the water. Your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator and more can all become stained.
Having corroded pipes increases the chances that your water will turn hard since the water can pick up the minerals in the degrading pipes.
Corroded pipes can lead to serious problems for your home. You can’t just “deal with it” like you would some other home problems, tolerating less-than-ideal performance or getting whatever you can out of it. If you leave the problem unchecked, it can lead to major damage to your home and health problems for your family. You should call an experienced plumber in San Diego as soon as you think you might have a problem to get a thorough inspection and recommendations. If you notice that your water tastes or smells funny, if you have high water bills, or if you notice signs of water damage, call a plumber right away.
Integrity Repipe can perform the repipe repair or whole house repiping that you need if your pipes have become corroded. Our experienced plumbers can identify the source of your problem quickly and make tailored recommendations for your property. We’ll help you identify the best plumbing type to meet your budget and your goals. Some plumbing types, like PEX piping, are anti-corrosive and can help you avoid these types of problems in the future. Call us today in California to schedule a consultation with one of our repiping plumbers.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656