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Copper Piping and Sulfuric Acid

Harvey Ramer
Harvey Ramer Member Posts: 2,225
I have to do some supply piping at a tree nursery. They inject sulfuric acid into the water that feeds the trees. How will that play with copper?

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  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,380
    Look at this page -

    http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question123299.html

    Double check it to be sure.

    Bob
    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
  • DJD775
    DJD775 Member Posts: 195
    I doubt you will have and problems in the short term but over time you might have problems. Why not use a plastic product? BTW, I'm not a plumber but I am an analytical chemist by trade.
    ChrisJ
  • Harvey Ramer
    Harvey Ramer Member Posts: 2,225
    Thanks guys.

    The dilution ratio is 1 part sulfuric acid to 1,280 parts water. The main purpose is to lower the PH of alkaline water.

  • DJD775
    DJD775 Member Posts: 195
    If it's just to neutralize the water close to pH 7 you should be fine with copper. If you have sustained pH below 7 I wouldn't worry as much about the copper as I would the solder.
    ChrisJ
  • Harvey Ramer
    Harvey Ramer Member Posts: 2,225
    Thanks for your advice. I think I will go with type-l copper and propress. From everything I'm seeing and hearing, I should be fine.