How to prevent water pipe corrosion

Water pipe corrosion is a serious issue across Australia, with burst or leaking pipes causing billions of litres of water to be lost each year.

Recent figures collected in Western Australia and New South Wales show that each state lost around 30 billion litres of water in 2013, due to damaged and burst pipes. 

In particular, broken mains are increasingly reported across the country, with urgent repairs being carried out in many locations at any one time. Beyond council-owned pipes, leaks in domestic and industry pipes can also have a serious impact on water wastage.

Burst water pipes are largely due to microbiologically or chemically induced corrosion, caused by minerals and compounds naturally found in hard water. When these compounds precipitate on metal surfaces, chemical bonding results in corrosion of the metal pipe.

The majority of water pipes installed throughout the 20th century in Australia are cast iron or ductile iron. Add to that the copper pipes that are found in homes across the country and it's easy to see how hard water can have a huge impact on industries, homes and communities.

Fortunately, there is a way to prevent and clear precipitation from water pipes. Installing a Hydrosmart water treatment system controls corrosion on pipes and fittings by opposing precipitation. 

The mineral dissolving technology of Hydrosmart breaks down the bonds between corrosive minerals, and unblocks pipes while preventing scaling and precipitation. This also means industries can utilise water supplies that were previously considered unusable.

This cost-effective and environmentally-sustainable water softener system not only combats scale and corrosion, but also increases the life of water infrastructure, including pipes, taps and water tanks.

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