Plumbing issues have always been among the most frustrating things a homeowner can face. This is primarily because the plumbing is largely hidden in the structure of the house, making it difficult to identify problems before they have a chance to cause damage. However, there are usually still signs here and there if there is an issue with your plumbing. Water pressure drops, the water itself becomes discolored, etc. However, one of the most dangerous plumbing problems has virtually no symptoms until it is too late. Let’s take a look at this problem—and how you can protect your home from it.
Though copper pipes are resistant to plenty of different kinds of corrosion, there are still some types that they are susceptible to. One of these is pitting corrosion. Pitting corrosion is caused by chlorine particles in the air eating away at the copper. This opens very small holes in the pipes, called pinhole leaks, which are only large enough to release one or two drops at a time. Despite their size, these leaks are very dangerous.
Problems Caused by Pinhole Leaks
What makes pinhole leaks so dangerous is that they are too small to cause any symptoms that homeowners can detect. This means that they often continue leaking for months without being discovered, until they’ve caused severe water damage to the surrounding area. The best way to catch pinhole leaks before they have a chance to create problems is to have your pipes inspected at least once a year. This allows us to identify any parts of your pipes that may be suffering from pitting corrosion so that they can be repaired or replaced before springing a leak.
If you haven’t had your pipes inspected in a while, call The Sunny Plumber. Our expert plumbers serve the entire Tucson, AZ area.