Pipe corrosion is a costly incident that all engineers and industrial business owners should always avoid. Causes of pipe erosion and corrosion can lead to halted production and work-related injuries, in addition to being difficult to detect. To make sure your project doesn’t get put to a stop, use these five ways to prevent pipe corrosion.
Watch Out for Water
Water is a major cause of pipe corrosion. If the water’s pH level is too low, there is too much air in the water, or the temperature is too warm, your piping may be more susceptible to corrosion.
Keep Pipes Clean
Corrosion can also occur with exposure to certain bacteria. This phenomenon is called microbiologically-induced corrosion, or MIC. The best way to avoid MIC is to keep your pipes and other metal pieces clean, especially if they contact sulfates regularly.
Protect All Metals
Some metal types get along well together, while others can cause significant corrosion when they make contact. Protective linings, special coatings, and pipe wear pads can prevent corrosion from happening between pipes and other surfaces that do not mix. Galvanization adds a layer of zinc to metal surfaces to avoid any metal touching other metals from corroding. It’s also a good idea to use a sealant to prevent corrosive bacteria from settling in crevices.
Keep Everything Stable
Friction, bouncing, and jiggling caused by manufacturing and construction processes can cause significant wear on metal over time. When openings in metal begin to form, corrosive material can make its way in, leading to crevice corrosion. To prevent this, use restraints such as clamps and straps to limit movements and vibrations that lead to decay.
Perform Corrosion Testing
Corrosion testing is highly important in preventing corrosion and detecting any signs that may be hard to see with the naked eye. While using the other preventative measures mentioned above, performing corrosion testing is still vital to protecting your pipes.
Pipe corrosion is a nightmare for many engineers and industrial business owners alike. Utilize these ways to prevent pipe corrosion to keep your pipes and budget intact.