What is a corrosion inhibitor

Jul 23, 2021

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Corrosion in piping and water-using equipment is a common and significant problem for industrial and commercial businesses. If left unaddressed, corrosion can quickly result in breakdowns as well as skyrocketing energy and water bills that put pressure on your operating budget. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available to prevent corrosion and ensure your equipment continues operating at peak efficiency. Corrosion inhibitors are one common solution. If you’re wondering “what is a corrosion inhibitor and how does it work?” this brief primer can help.

Why Does Corrosion Occur?

To understand how corrosion inhibitors work, it’s important to first understand what corrosion is and why it occurs. Corrosion is deterioration, cracking, and pitting in piping that, over time, can lead to leaks and other failures. The inside of piping can corrode for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Impurities in water, including acidic substances that can react chemically with metals and alloys, resulting in deterioration
  • High temperatures of liquid flowing through the pipes that cause expansion and contraction and results in decreasing structural integrity
  • High pressure of fluids that puts consistent stress on joints within piping

How Do Corrosion Inhibitors Help?

Corrosion inhibitors are a chemical solution that helps to prevent or significantly slow the rate of corrosion in piping. They are designed to alter the chemical composition of a fluid to reduce acidity and other characteristics that can weaken pipes over time.

Proper application of corrosion inhibitors requires a variety of considerations, as there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. To ensure corrosion inhibitors are effective, the water should be thoroughly tested to determine its chemical makeup, which will help guide the right type and amount of chemical treatment. Additionally, it’s important to account for factors such as your engineering specifications as well as local plumbing codes.

R2J Specializes in Corrosion Prevention for Commercial & Industrial Facilities

R2J has been providing chemical water treatment solutions since 1982 and has maintained a reputation for delivering tailored, turnkey services that provide exceptional results. To learn more about what a corrosion inhibitor is and how you might benefit from including this treatment in your building’s maintenance plan, contact us today.

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