I have a copper pipe that has a good coating of green corrosion from a
slow water leak. Its about 5' so I would prefer to not struggle with
emory cloth or steel wool to get it clean. Is there a magic solution
of something that will remove it? Or do I just need to use some elbow
grease or a drill/wire brush?
Steel wool is probably your best option. You'll probably be surprised that
it comes off pretty easy - not that much elbow grease involved!
I wouldn't use a drill or any other power tool. One slip and you could rip
a hole in the pipe and end you with a really nice shiny NEW one courtesy of
If it is Leaking? You Better Disconnect the Join clean if with Eroy Paper and
For it WILL Get Worse, not Better , just when you Don't want it too..
For ust Cleaning th eCopper Pipe? Same as your Car Battery Connectors
Plain Old Baka Soda and Some Water..
Then Start with a ToothBrush , then Scrub brush then a Wire Brush If Needed..
If Going to Replace the Pipe? use the PVC..won't corroded anymore..
Because you did not respond in a timely manner to this 7 year old
thread, 5 years ago the leak got worse and filled the basement. The OP
did not notice, and when he went down to the basement he drowned.
A timely reply would have saved a life.
Getting it clean won't solve the leak and if it has a leak removing the
patina around the fitting will probably increase the rate of the leak.
Fix the leak first, then worry about the otherwise immaterial corrosion.
The corrosion was due to a minor slow seepage from a 30 yr old
soldered joint. The water ran the length of the pipe for quite some
time. I finally fixed the leak by removing and resoldering.
Unfortunately, it was the 1" main and even tho the leak was just above
the main shut off, the corrosion ran down below the valve so I didn't
replace the entire length of pipe.
I'm not a "neatness nut" who just likes shiny copper! I'm getting
ready to put the house on the market and would prefer no flags by an
inspector due to obvious indications of a leak. A shiny pipe is
easier to explain than a badly corroded one!
OK, one never knows on usenet the reason for a request so caution is
I'd do a little maybe to knock any major stuff off then clean up the
area around the joint so it's clear it's no longer leaking and call it
good, myself, but if it makes you feel good, go for it! :)
In place more of a mess than worth it imo. Got to make sure to clean up
every bit of the residue or the sugar/syrup will attract every ant in
the county plus it's sticky goo...yech!!
Can't be that hard to simply take some emery paper and go to it a
little. Might even scrape some of the worst first. As noted above, if
the point is to demonstrate the joint no longer leaks, the area at the
joint itself is sufficient for that purpose.
imo, ymmv, $0.02, etc., etc., ... :)
Jeff ITS a piece of cake - cut a lemon in half, pour on the cut lemon common
salt and rub it in so it dissolves. Rub it on pipe till it is entirely clean and
shiny. THEN mix bicarbonate of soda (baking powder) and water and thoroughly
rinse the area. The bi-carb neutralizes the corrosive properties of the
vinegar/salt, if it is exposed to the air for any length of time, without
neutralizing the acid first, it will quickly corrode again. Cheers!
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