Why do pipes rust? Rust is a dark, corrosive substance found on old metal. It’s commonly found in bathrooms, outdoor water pipes, and sinks. This orange-brown grime is not only a sign of an old pipe. If rust is present, it could indicate that other issues are occurring with the home’s water supply. If left untreated, rust can pose a serious health risk. Many people don’t realize how important rust can be to their lives.

What is the origin of pipes?

Although your instinct might be to say metal, plumbing science has evolved with technology. The materials used to make pipes can have a significant impact on their effectiveness in your home.

Pipes should be kept in good condition

Pipes that are not installed correctly or have high water pressure can vibrate, rattle or bounce around during use. This causes small, corrosive cracks to form on the pipes’ surface and makes them more brittle. Straps, clamps, and u-bolts are restraints that stabilize pipes and reduce the effects of vibrations every day.

Pipes should be cleaned and protected

Pipe rust can be prevented by keeping pipes clean and strengthening protection. Corrosion can occur due to bacteria and rough contact with other metals. Biocides or other microbial inhibitors can be used to prevent buildup. To withstand water flow, you can also consider metal pipes that have a chemical or plastic coating.

Wear pads or buffers for pipes protect them from any metal scraping up against them such as interconnecting pipe systems and other machinery. Metal on metal can lead to corrosion so ensure that the pipes are protected from all sides.