Over time, plaque is liable to build up in any pipe. As gallon after gallon of water moves through a pipe, tiny particles will likely coat the walls of a pipe. These tiny particles can in time house bacteria, and this bacteria can accumulate to form plaque. While tiny amounts of plaque aren’t harmful to your health or to the health of your pipes, large amounts of plaque can lower water quality and they can actually damage a pipe. As plaque builds along the entirety of a pipe structure and plaque builds upon plaque, a pipe may become clogged; a pipe may corrode and leak; or it may produce dirty water that’s full of bacteria and plaque flakes. So how do we avoid the issue of bacteria buildup and plaque buildup in our pipes?
Count on the Power of Copper
As a metal, copper is a powerful antibacterial material. Copper metal hinders bacterial proliferation because most bacteria that come into contact with copper simply can’t survive. And no bacteria means no plaque. Here at Repipe Specialist of California, we count on the power of copper. Copper piping, unlike zinc galvanized iron or steel pipes, are less likely to succumb to the effects of bacteria and plaque. We recommend repiping old galvanized pipes with copper piping if you’re noticing the signs of plaque, including a metallic taste in the water, lack of water purity, or flakes in the water.
If you’re curious whether your pipes are affected by plaque, give us a call. We can diagnose the current state of your pipes, provide a plan of action, and get your pipes repiped with naturally antibacterial copper piping.