The Corrosion Problem

Corrosion costs U.S. property owners $36 billion a year*

Corrosion at the Utility

  • Utilities add corrosion inhibitors like silicates and phosphates to protect their pipes
  • The EPA requires U.S. water utilities to use corrosion inhibitors so lead, copper and iron won’t flow downstream to consumers.
  • But these required levels are not enough to protect the pipes of consumers.

Corrosion for the Consumer

Corrosive water that enters a building has low pH, alkalinity, and total hardness and high levels of dissolved solids and chlorine. These characteristics can lead to several problems:

  • Leaks due to pipe thinning or pipe pitting
  • Fixture blockage
  • Discolored drinking water
  • Metals in drinking water

The True Cost of a Pinhole Leak

While pinhole leaks are a nuisance to maintenance managers and affected residents, the reality is that their true cost is far greater than it appears on the surface. In addition to the labor and material costs to stop and repair the leak, there are indirect costs that can be exponentially higher. From personal property damage caused by leaks, to brand reputation (rent-ability) and resident satisfaction (turnover), the impacts of pinhole leaks are often much worse than the leak itself.

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* According to the National Association of Corrosion Engineers