5 Factors that Can Cause Early Pipe Deterioration
There are many factors that contribute to early pipe deterioration and these factors may have been more varied than you think. Even the most durable pipes experience deterioration due to unforeseen reasons. There are those that are caused by chemical factors, others structural loopholes while others get physically damaged.
To add to the list, here are other factors that lead to pipe deterioration:
- Composition of the Pipe
The materials that make up the pipe is a good way to determine the lifespan, sturdiness and resistance of the pipe to deterioration factors. Pipes are made up of different materials and there are some that are more resistant to damaging factors than others. This is why a pipe can fail in various ways. The most trusted pipe types for supply mains and water distribution are cast iron pipes, concrete pipes, ductile iron pipes, polyvinyl pipes and cement pipes.
If you are using a pipe that has very low resistance to corrosion, water pressure, temperature and dead load stress, consider replacement or relining the interior to enforce and add structural stability in order to prevent damages to your plumbing system.
- Thickness of the Pipe Walls
The thickness of the pipe walls tends to play a huge role in the lifespan of the pipe. The thicker the walls are, the better equipped your pipe is in dealing with varied corrosive factors, pressure, stress and water strength. Pipes with thinner walls stand lesser chance to last long without causing pipe damage such as leaks and cracks. While it is harmless for the environment if a thin-walled pipe carrying clean supply expels into the surrounding soil, it is ultimately another story when a sewage pipe leaks. Corrosion can also penetrate thin walls easier creating more issues in a shorter time span.
- Age of the Pipe
This is another factor that plays a role in the early deterioration of a pipe. No matter how strong your pipe materials are, with time, they tend to grow weaker and less dependable. Pipes slowly lose their ability to restrain against stress and pressure. Being utilised nonstop for years takes its toll on the pipe’s structural integrity. They have been exposed to stress and other damage factors for too long that the pipe could no longer stand it. As a solution, you can opt to either replace the pipe or reline the interior.
- Pipe Diameter
The size of the pipe also matters. Remember that smaller pipes are more vulnerable for damage such as clogs, cracks and other structural dents than pipes that are bigger and more spacious. In studies, lesser damage is experienced by pipes that are wider in size since the wastewater and sewage have more space to flow through. Also, larger pipes also have lesser water pressure in the inside.
- Joints Used
The kind of joint used to connect one pipe to the other ones also affects the health of the pipe. In cases of failure, the pipes are as good as destroyed when their abilities to convey liquids and loads are restrained.