”Nature is constantly striving to reach balance and equilibrium. Corrosion is the natural deterioration of materials by chemical and physical interaction with the external environment. Man creates, and nature destroys; this is the essence of corrosion.”—Greg Reyneke. Water Conditioning and Purification Magazine, April 2010.
Yellow, green, orange or blue coloring of tubs, toilet bowls and tanks. These are symptoms of metallic corrosion.
Tastes and Odors. Corrodsion by iron, copper, and brass make bitter or metallic taste and sometimes odors.
Sediment and particulate. Rust accumulates as reddish-brown sediment.
Leaks. Dripping water and crustaceous deposits on the outside of pipes are signs of corrosion within.
Treatment. Treatments for corrosion, obviously, are many, since the causes are many. Some common treatments are increasing pH, reducing chlorides (reverse osmosis), reducing chloramines and chlorine (carbon filtration), turning down the hot water heater, filtering out excessive sediment, or decreasing the demand for flow through the piping.
Main source: Water Conditioning and Purification Magazine, April 2010.