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    guys

    have never seen these marks on copper pipes before. this is a five zone boiler system. the little silver dots seemed to be pitted. any clues
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHARLIE VAN FLEET
    little silver dots seemed to be pitted. any clues
    Looks like the copper may be corroding through from the inside.

    That is a huge problem with copper over on the west coast of Florida, especially in the Tampa Bay area and sorrounding areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Looks like the copper may be corroding through from the inside.

    That is a huge problem with copper over on the west coast of Florida, especially in the Tampa Bay area and sorrounding areas.
    I agree with Jerry
    Corrosion on the inside of the pipe resulting in pitting on the outside.
    To confirm a section of pipe needs to be removed and examined, OR it can be probed with a sharp pointed object. Not a job for the home inspector. Refer to a qualified plumber.

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    Good information, thank you.

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    Default Re: strange marks on boiler outlet pipes

    The problem on the west coast of Florida in the Tampa area is phosphate (as I understand it).

    That part of Florida has a lot of large phosphate mines, because the soil contains so much phosphate, thus the phosphate level in the ground water and drinking water is high and the high level of phosphates is what corrodes the inside of the copper pipes.

    That said, I agree with Bryce, that video contains very good information ...
    (including the part of the video saying that it can a water quality issue affecting an entire area).

    I knew about the anode rod issue and its short life, but not of the affects on the copper piping once the anode rod is gone and the water starts attacking the tank - got to think outside the box ... er ... outside the water heater.

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    Reverse Osmosis water treatment causes pin hole leaks in Florida.

    http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/mod...ocumentid=1464

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffGHooper View Post
    Reverse Osmosis water treatment causes pin hole leaks in Florida.

    http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/mod...ocumentid=1464
    Jeff,

    Thanks, that is excellent information.

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    Maybe I missed it but where does it say RO causes pin hole leaks?

    Addendum

    Chloramines causing pin hole leaks -

    http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&...90491159,d.cWc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    Maybe I missed it but where does it say RO causes pin hole leaks?

    Addendum

    Chloramines causing pin hole leaks -

    http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&...90491159,d.cWc

    RO causes also, that is our Florida issue.

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    Thanks Jeff,

    After I asked the question I did some more research and found other documents which pertain to RO and copper. But it seems other factors do play into the problem of leaks.

    However, I am wondering if this is the cause in the photos provided by Charlie, since this is a closed system. A one time filling of the piping and boiler is not being flushed daily as would the potable water supply. I am thinking that this damage may be the result of a cast iron boiler wherein iron fragments from installation caused the deterioration? And whether the copper is L or M type?

    Nor did Charlie mention anything about the boiler or age.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    Thanks Jeff,

    After I asked the question I did some more research and found other documents which pertain to RO and copper. But it seems other factors do play into the problem of leaks.

    However, I am wondering if this is the cause in the photos provided by Charlie, since this is a closed system. A one time filling of the piping and boiler is not being flushed daily as would the potable water supply. I am thinking that this damage may be the result of a cast iron boiler wherein iron fragments from installation caused the deterioration? And whether the copper is L or M type?

    Nor did Charlie mention anything about the boiler or age.
    All good questions. About the only way to know is to send in a piece for analysis and metallurgy.

    It is one of those things that you just do not know nor can tell without testing.

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