Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pinhole Leaks in Copper Pipe

Allen From Williamsport wrote:

Background information: Bought house 1989. Shallow well test showed colliform, seller installed UV light and softener Had pinholes in copper pipe and failing faucets. Replaced 95% pipe with cpvc in 1995. Tests at jet pump were bacteria free.
Two months ago found wellhead and
put extension and new pipe and footvalve. Cloroxed. New pump installed. Thinking of adding pH increaser and removing softener.
Number of bathrooms: 2.5 Water Source: Private Well Well water flow rate:
Concerns: Red/Orange stains? No Brown stains? No Blue stains: Yes
Iron: No Manganese: No White spots or scale: No Nitrate: No Bacteria: No Sediment: No Color: No Chemicals: No TDS: No Corrosion problems: Yes
Odor in hot water? No Odor in cold water? No Other odors present? No
Hardness PPM: Hardness Grains/Gallon: 38 Iron: .08 Manganese: pH: 5.97 Total Dissolved Solids: Tannin: Coliform Bacteria Present: No Fecal Coliform Present: No
Nitrate: No

My Email To Allen:

Hello Allen,
A calcite blend neutralizer filter, will neutralize the pH and help eliminate the corrosive effects of the water. Many customers with this type of water used to have blue-green stains from copper pipe corrosion and after installing the neutralizer see their blue stains disappear within a few weeks.
To neutralize pH lower than 6.0 we recommend a blend of 90% calcite (calcium) and 10% corosex (magnesium). The neutralizer filter comes with everything you need including the calcite and corosex media and simple instructions. Any plumber or person familiar with basic plumbing can install them.
Unlike older style neutralizers our neutralizers use Vortech neutralizer tanks which have an advanced internal screen which eliminates the use of a gravel base, which reduces backwash water used by 30%. A quick once-per-week backwash for 8 to 10 minutes is all it takes to keep the calcite media in good shape.
A top-fill plug and an easy-to-use bypass valve makes adding additional calcite so quick and easy, you don't need a service technician to add the calcite. Most of our customers just add an additional 25 to 50 lbs of calcite once per year, no other maintenance is required.
These neutralizers require little maintenance. Once a year, just add more calcite to the neutralizer tank. Most customers use 25 to 50 lbs a year. We sell 50 lbs for $79.
Please click on the link below to see more information on these filters. The 1.5 cubic foot size one is typical for a home with 1.5 to 3 bathrooms:

Acid Neutralizer Calcite Blend 7000 1.5 Cubic Foot Price including delivery: $649
1.5 cubic foot of pure NSF grade Calcite and Corosex 90/10 Blend
Pipe size: 1" or 3/4" with bypass included!
Dimensions: 10" diameter x 51" height

For larger homes and higher flow rates, use a 2.5 cubic foot size.
Acid Neutralizer Calcite Blend 7000 2.5 Cubic Foot Price including delivery: $749
2.5 cubic foot of pure NSF grade Calcite and Corosex 90/10 Blend
Pipe size: 1" or 3/4" with bypass included!
Dimensions: 13" diameter x 51" height

An optional filter strainer works great to screen sand and large sediment before the neutralizer. No cartridges required, just a quick flush allows the screen to be cleaned without removing it:

Optional Pre-Filter Strainer 1" PVC 60 mesh $69

10 year warranty on neutralizer tank
5 year warranty on backwash control valve
6 month money-back satisfaction guarantee
Free shipping within continental U.S.
Easy-to-follow installation instructions
Free expert technical phone support if needed

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email for more information.

Best Regards,
Gerry Bulfin CWS-IV Certified Water Specialist IV
Clean Water Systems
Toll-free: 888-600-5426