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Old 06-15-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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i was in a house and all the copper was black on the outside. it is on a well and there is no galvanized pipe in the system. i was wondering if it is a ph balance issue. or something else

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I believe that the well might have a high hydrogen sulphide content. Does the water have a strong rotten egg smell?

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not that i could smell. i did see that they had a magnetic filter then xx-large whole house filter,then water softener. would that get ride of smell.
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Reminds me of the Chinese drywall issue. Are the electrical wires also turning black, along with the piping? Can you post pictures.
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not that i could smell. i did see that they had a magnetic filter then xx-large whole house filter,then water softener. would that get ride of smell.
From what I understand when trying to get rid of H2S (hydrogen sulphide), it all depends on the amount present (ppm). If it's a fairly low concentration then I believe that a carbon activated filter should work. Other fixes include changing the anode in the water heater to magnesium, greensand filtration, aeration of the water, or chlorine injection/shocking the well with chlorine.

Or, as gregzoll mentions it could be the Chinese drywall issue. I haven't any experience with this however.
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How would the water inside the copper pipe affect the outside surface of the pipe run?

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