My water heater was replaced about 5 years ago. Recently I discovered some corrosion on some of the pipes and valves connected to the heater. Pictures are attached. I have yet to inspect the anode rod but wondered if these pictures indicated a particular problem that required corrective actions or some maintenance tasks. Any direction to help this situation would be appreciated. Thanks!

Top of tank

Side bottom pipe! Side pipe

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The long copper pipe, is that the discharge pipe? If moisture collects at the end of it, it can become acidic and cause corrosion. You may want to test the acidity of your water, but in general discharge pipe corrosion is not too much of a concern.

The other pipes, however, seem to be suffering from galvanic corrosion which occurs when you have different metals connected to each other. Normally this is prevented by installing a plastic insert between the two metals so they do not contact each other. You may want to do this the next time the water heater is replaced.

  • That doesn't look like galvanic corrosion to me. Just a simple leak in the valve. Often those leaks are self healing.
    – Ariel
    Commented Jan 13, 2015 at 4:37

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