Forum Title: What is this a result of?
Can someone please tell me what is causing what you see in the attached pics of some of our copper pipes? I've was told by a plumber that this is the result of not having a Biocide filter installed when our current boilers were installed roughly 5 years ago. Based on my research it sees like this was incorrect info. I believe this is related to the water chemistry. Am I correct and, if so, what is the recommended treatment besides replacing the damaged piping such as what you see in the pics. two of the areas of pipe you see have recently begun to leak. Thank You for you help with this. Mark in San Diego
Category: Plumber Post By: EVERETT CORTEZ (Long Beach, CA), 10/03/2016

Unfortunately this is in a hotel so quarantining the building is a no go. I spoke to a plumber who has done work here before and he said two things have to happen:Those sections of pipe that are leaking or otherwise compromised need to be replaced. The water needs to be treated on a regular basis to keep this from happening again. I had another plumber who told me over the phone that this happened because when the new boilers & storage tanks were installed 5-7 years ago they didn't install a Biocide filter at the same time. Based on my research & conversation with the other plumber I am not confident in that info being correct. Quote: Originally Posted by frodo the lines should have been treated prier to use if its a commercial building. quarantine building for 72 hours..turn off water at meter, add bleach to water distribution piping..at same time, add a pump to system circulate bleach/water in piping for 24 hours flush,,,and run for 24 hours. capture 1 sample each from low, middle, and high in system.have tested by health department before allowing personnel to use as potable water to sanitize correctly, you need to know footage and size of piping, to determine gallons then 10% bleach solution to that #

- CHARLIE LAMBERT (Southfield, MI), 09/16/2017

the lines should have been treated prier to use if its a commercial building. quarantine building for 72 hours..turn off water at meter, add bleach to water distrbution piping..at same time, add a pump to system circulate bleach/water in pipeing for 24 hours flush,,,and run for 24 hours. capture 1 sample each from low, middle, and high in system.have tested by health department before allowing personnel to use as potable water to sanitize correctly, you need to know footage and size of piping, to determine gallons then 10% bleach solution to that #

- MYRTLE ROBBINS (Burbank, CA), 10/08/2017

Too much flux.... Someone may have used too much flux during installation. If so, this is just the beginning of your leaks.

- ZACHARY SANDOVAL (Edina, MN), 10/09/2017

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