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Possible radiator pipe oxidisation

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Scott Stevens, 2 Oct 2018.

  1. Scott Stevens

    Scott Stevens

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    Hoping for some advice about something I just noticed on a few of our radiators. Some of the pipes have what appears to be oxidisation (I'm guessing based on the turquoise colour) although there are no obvious leaks. The turquoise residue flakes off when touched but can't be totally cleaned easily by the looks of it. Screenshot_20181002-013734_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20181002-013812_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20181002-013824_Gallery.jpg

    I've attached pictures of the worst 3 radiators, all are situated on the left of the radiator, the opposite side to the temperature control.

    Is this something I should be concerned about and need to get fixed? We have 2 young kids who might try to touch it which is an obvious concern if it poses any risk to their health.

    Any advice much appreciated.
     
  2. just pumps

    just pumps

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    Get it looked at before it gets colder would be my advice.
     
  3. ianmcd

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    what you have is called verdigris , usually because flux has been used during soldering and not cleaned off after but yours are all compression joints so no flux should have been anywhere near the joints, just get some wire wool and scrub them clean.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdigris
     
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  4. Scott Stevens

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    I had a plumber check this out when he was doing some other work and he reassured me that it was nothing to worry about and easy enough to clean off.

    Thanks for people's replies.
     
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