Having a pipe break in your home isn’t just inconvenient, it can be an extremely expensive plumbing line problem if water damage has occurred.

One of the biggest reasons plumbing fails is corrosion, which occurs when different metals meet and create an electrolytic environment. Simply put, copper pipes and galvanized metal pipes that are part of the same system are a disaster waiting to happen.

The electrolytes in those metals are different, and as the water in the lines moves, it allows the ions to move from one metal to the other. One metal will become weaker as a result, eventually leading to a failure in the pipe’s structural integrity.

Sometimes the pipe may even look fine on the outside, but be compromised on the inside. Sometimes, inspecting the outside of the pipes will show obvious signs of corrosion, which should then be evaluated by a licensed plumber for possible replacement. The plumber will advise you whether the corrosion is serious and needs to be corrected.

It’s a good idea to occasionally check the visible plumbing lines on your hot water heater, clothes washer, dishwasher, and under all bathroom sinks and toilets. Signs of corrosion should not be ignored. For information on corrosion or any plumbing problem, call the experts at Affordable Service Plumbing. Our experienced plumbers have served the plumbing needs of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho residents since 1986. If you have a plumbing emergency or a plumbing question, give us a call at 505-891-8907.