Pipelines play a critical role in water efficiency and waste management. Generally, pipes are made to be restraint against water but there are circumstances when they can succumb to foreign materials. For properties close to larger bodies of water an area of concern is salt water.
Water enables fast oxidation, however salt water has a lot of dissociated ions which act as catalyst to cause corrosion. The combining of moisture, oxygen and water is more damaging to metal than rust is. This deadly combination has the ability to eat away at the metal and weakening it. Buildings close to ocean water with exposed pipes are susceptible to corrosion at a faster rate.
Salt corrosion has a damaging affect on roof stacks as well as cooling towers located on top of roofs. Anything on the roof that is exposed will be caked with salt, whether it is equipment or pipes. This is dangerous for the pipe system, as mentioned before, salt can enable faster corrosion hence causing pipeline and plumbing failures.
Regarding different pipes, copper is the weakest pipe and corrodes the easiest. Cast iron and galvanized steel are resistant to saltwater but over time due to exposure will succumb to corrosion. Plastic is the most resistant to salt water corrosion.
However there are preventative solutions to make sure salt in water does not corrode pipes. Nu Flow Technologies offers a process known as “Nu Line”. An epoxy coating which coats pipes to create a protective barrier. Beneficially, this coating seals and covers the inside walls of the existing pipes in place. The epoxy coating will protect the pipe from the salt, therefore avoiding corrosion.
Nu Flow Technologies Nu Line system is an environmentally friendly and cost effective process. This process eliminates the need to damage any surfaces in order to reach pipes and can be done quickly.
It is never too late to save your pipe system when the likelihood of it damaging is high. Having a property close to a water body increases the chance of corrosion. Contact Nu Flow Technologies today to find Certified Installers near you.