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Galvanic Couplings in Plumbing Fittings

Where plumbing fittings of metals with dissimilar electrode potentials meet in the presence of an electrolyte, a galvanic coupling is created. Electrons from one metal slowly flow to the other, creating a site of increased corrosion and premature failure. This relates to the plumbing in your house anywhere where copper pipe meets galvanized iron or copper meets a brass valve, or brass meets galvanized iron… you get the idea.  The electrolyte that helps the reaction along is, of course, the water inside the pipe as well as the water vapor in the surrounding ambient air. 

This situation is easily prevented with the use of a simple dielectric isolator, confusingly also called a “dielectric union”, which is commonly available in hardware and plumbing shops.  Check out these two photos from two different houses I inspected last week. 
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2015-05-19
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Your Home Inspection Minute - May, 2015 - In this video, you'll see how a new exterior paint job inadvertently caused moisture problems in an upstairs bathroom. 

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In this video, you can see a healthy burn pattern in a gas furnace.  Notice how the flames are even and bright blue, with very little orange and no black coloring. Gas furnaces should be professionally inspected and serviced by a licensed HVAC technician annually to ensure optimum performance and safety. 

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2014-11-13
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