drinking water

Corrosion is a common problem that effects many homeowners and businesses in the Maryland area. Corrosion is a chemical process that occurs naturally an causes breakdown of metals, this causes plumbing issues as well as drinking water issues. If you notice any signs of corrosion you should immediately consult a water professional to test your water and correct the issue before it has time to damage your home and your health.

What Damage Does Corrosion Cause?

Corrosion is directly related to three major issues if your home has copper or brass piping throughout.

Thinning pipes

The entire surface of your pipes will gradually thin, red or bluish stains may appear on the exterior of your metal pipes and is a tell tale sign for corrosion problems.


Deep pits appear that can penetrate pipes and even tank walls. This type of corrosion may cause significant increases in the amounts of copper and iron that are in your drinking water. Pitting can lead to major water damage if a pipe or tank is perforated.

Reduced water flow

Copper or other materials oxidize in a process similar to rusting. This reduces water flow through your supply lines and destroys water valves and faucets, creating leaks inside and out.

Heath Concerns

Copper and lead can be toxic and can leach into tap water in older or newer homes. The leaching is caused by corrosion. Copper contamination can cause gastrointestinal problems, as well as kidney and liver issues over time. Lead contamination can cause physical and mental development problems in children, and in adults can lead to high blood pressure and kidney problems.

What Causes Corrosion?

Corrosion is a natural process that occurs when your metal pipes react with oxygen and oxidize. All water contains dissolved oxygen and is by nature somewhat corrosive. A number of factors comes in to play to determine just how corrosive your water is, they include pH, oxygen concentration, and temperature.

What can I do to Fix my Water?

The first step to correcting any water issue is to have a test performed on your water to determine it’s makeup and what chemicals and minerals might be in it. Once you water is tested and the issue is determined as a corrosive problem, R & G Water Systems works to install the water softening or pH correcting system that best fits your needs and budget.