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Why are soils tested to determine corrosion potential?

The corrosion potential of a soil can be critical to the life of buried pipelines and structures. Soils for corrosion potential are analyzed using a specific 10-Point corrosion potential program. A battery of tests is performed on the sample and assigned a corrosion potential value from 1 to 10 based on the outcome of each test. The sum of all the assigned values determines the overall corrosion potential of the soil, and the need to encase the pipes or structures to prevent rapid deterioration and faliure.