Over time, metal pipes can corrode in any home plumbing system. This is usually due to the age of the pipes, and oxidation. This should concern you though because corroded pipes can eventually cause leaks, they can contaminate your water, and if left untreated can cause health complications. But how do you know the pipes are corroding in your home? Here are some signs you should be on the lookout for.
If you’re not drinking bottled or filtered water, be on the lookout for water that has a metallic taste if your pipes are copper. Clean, fresh water should have no taste, so if you notice a change in your water, the pipes are likely to be oxidizing inside the plumbing system.
Corroding pipes will leak over time if left untreated. Corrosion makes pipes weak. If you’re noticing leaks, this could be the source. It is best to have a plumbing professional inspect them.
One of the easiest ways to know if the pipes in your home are corroding is when you turn the water on for the first time in the morning, and it isn’t clear. In corroded pipes, sitting water will turn a rusty color in iron pipes, and a bluish color in copper pipes, so when the water is turned on in the morning, the flow won’t be clear.
Corroded pipes can often fill up with corroded particles within the plumbing system, and over time this will cause the opening in the pipes to become narrow. As the pipes begin to narrow, the water pressure will become lower and water can clog altogether. This can also cause pipes to burst.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, a video inspection is a quick and easy way to determine if corroding pipes is what is happening with your plumbing system. McDonough Plumbing is the expert in the Port Charlotte area for video inspections and any other plumbing problems you might be having. Call McDonough today!