Last time we talked about corrosion that you may see around the house referred to as ‘galvanic
corrosion’. In order to prevent this problem properly in your home you’ll have to know where to
look for it, so what are some common places galvanic corrosion can take place?
Well, one very common area that we mentioned is the water pipes.
Most commonly you would see this happen in steel pipes that are joined to brass valves or may
be connected to copper pipe. To avoid damaging these you can install a connection that is
essentially a non-metal connection, like plastic, to break that contact between the two metals.
There may be potential points of galvanic corrosion in your water heater, but again some well
thought out adjustments can be made.
One area that you’ve probably never thought of rust developing is in the lumber of your home.
A certain type of lumber can contain copper. When this lumber has aluminum nails, which are a
common building material, rust can develop and compromise the structure of your home.
Another area to look out for that you may not have thought of is the electric wiring of your house,
if it is aluminum, it has the potential to be exposed and corroded.
Yes, unfortunately, we know rust all too well but by keeping an eye out for these potential risks
we could be ahead of the game.
George Adair, Certified Professional Home Inspector
I provide a wide range of home inspection and home inspection related services in the following areas of southern Manitoba: Winnipeg, Selkirk , Lockport,Steinbach,
Stony Mountain, Elie, Rosser, Lorette Sanford, East St. Paul, West St. Paul, Oak Bank,
Oak Bluff, Landmark,
St. Anne, Saint Andrews,
La Salle, Richer, Niverville and Warren.
Our extended area also includes: Lac Du Bonnet, Beausejour, Libeau, Gimli, Pinawa, Falcon Beach, Winnipeg Beach, Grand Marais, Saint Laurent, and Pine Falls