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5 Effective Methods to Prevent Pipe Corrosion

how to avoid pipe corrosion
If you find yourself worrying about pipe corrosion and its potential impact on your projects, you’re not alone in this concern. The global cost of corrosion has been estimated at a staggering $2.5 trillion. Besides the financial cost, corrosion can lead to production downtime, workplace injuries, and even loss of life. Additionally, it’s difficult to detect without specialised equipment.
 
Despite all these challenges, there’s no need to be afraid of corrosion. You can take action to prevent this pesky metal destroyer from wreaking havoc on your pipes and your budget. We’ve got you covered with all the information you need to understand what pipe corrosion is and how to stop it.

What Causes Pipe Corrosion?

Pipe corrosion is caused by contact between metal and various substances, such as water, oxygen, grime, or other metals. Each of these elements triggers corrosion for different reasons, causing a chemical reaction that weakens the metal by losing electrons. 
 
When an electrolyte like water comes in contact with the metal, the electrons are encouraged to leave, making it vulnerable to destructive chemical reactions. This can lead to rust, cracks, and holes, problems pipes are especially prone to. 
 
Once corrosion starts, it becomes self-perpetuating and gets worse over time. However, there are effective ways to prevent corrosion from damaging piping or other materials. Here are five methods to combat corrosion:

1. Be Mindful of Water Usage With Pipes