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John Schenne wrote:

> Dear Nels:
> Its been a while since I took geochemistry, but I think CO2 applied under
> pressure to water forms cabonic acid (H2CO3)

John...great memory of college chem....we were discussing this result but is it
cabonic or carbonic??  we didn't remember.

We were joking that he could just run Coke thru the pipes :)....I did the "tooth
in the Coke" experiment  after about a week the the tooth was in really bad



I would strongly suggest a copper re-pipe using the crawl space for access to do
the job right...there are companies that specialize in re-pipes & do they for
resoanble cost ....unless the original poster is handy.

I would not recommend the exterior re-pipe.

Robert Kazanjy, PE  **Disclaimer: I speak for myself not UC-Irvine**
Senior Development Engineer
Civil & Environmental Engineering
UC Irvine

> which drops the Ph.  The
> solubility of Calcium Carbonate is highly Ph dependant.  With a slightly
> lower Ph, the deposits go into solution and since both Calcium and Carbonate
> are non toxic, this is a clever solution in that the user can safetly
> consume the problem.  The only thing to watch for is some pipes are held
> together by the deposits and remocving them causes leaks.
> John Schenne, PE
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <NRoselund(--nospam--at)>
> To: <jschenne(--nospam--at)>
> Cc: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
> Sent: Monday, January 10, 2000 11:55 AM
> Subject: Re: Home Plumbing Problem--not a structural related
> > John,
> >
> > I haven't heard of the process, and it may do the job.  But it doesn't
> seem
> > plausible.  However, maybe I've something to learn here.
> >
> > I think the deposits in plumbing pipes are largely calcium carbonate
> [CaCO3],
> > the same substance as limestone, or the binder in lime mortar, or calcite,
> > which is the natural binder in some sandstones.  The calcium in CaCO3 is
> > fully reacted with CO2.  It is the reaction of CO2 with Water and hydrated
> > lime [Ca(OH)2] that forms CaCO3, to develop the binder in lime mortar.
> CaCO3
> > is slightly soluble in water, and hard water carries a lot of it.  As
> water
> > stands in a pipe, some of the dissolved CaCO3 precipitates as deposits
> that
> > eventually clog the pipe.  I would assume the deposits in plumbing pipes
> to
> > be essentially inert to CO2.  Nevertheless, if the process works, I'd like
> to
> > know more about it.
> >
> > Nels Roselund
> > Structural Engineer