Although some leaks in plumbing are larger than others, when it comes to whether you should call for a professional plumber to seal the leak or not, then all leaks are equal: they require repair as soon as possible, no matter how “minor” they may seem. A leak of any size in your home’s plumbing presents you with significant issues that will not go away until you’ve had the proper repair work done.
When you notice signs that leaks are occurring in your home’s plumbing (increases in water bills, discoloration appearing on the walls, warped floorboards, a rise in indoor humidity) contact The Sunny Plumber. We offer 24/7 emergency services so you can have that leak, “large” or “small,” taken care of before it can lead to worse repair problems or damage to your home.
Why “small” leaks matter
Let’s look at the smallest leak that can affect your plumbing as an example of why there isn’t such thing a small leak… or at least no such thing as a “minor” leak.
Pinhole leaks are a frequent problem that occurs with copper pipes, the material found in most home plumbing since the 1970s. For reasons not well understood, the normally corrosion-resistant copper can develop a localized corrosion called pitting corrosion that results in a weakened gray patch across the copper. In turn, this creates the tiny pinhole leaks that release small amounts of water and are hard to detect initially.
However, the effect of these small leaks can become devastating and expensive. The water from these leaks will begin to pool and turn stagnant, leading to the development of mildew. Mildew will eat right through drywall. The pooling water can also cause wood rot that will warp boards a seriously weaken floors. Since they may continue for a long period without a homeowner realizing it, the amount of water that can build up and the damage it can cause to walls, floors, and building material in general will add up to enormous repair costs. It will also cause an uncomfortable rise in humidity and a cumulatively large waste of water.
At the first suspicion that you have pinhole leaks, you need to call for plumbers to perform leak detection to find where the water loss is occurring. Evidence has shown that if you have pitting corrosion in one location, it has probably appeared elsewhere as well. Plumbers will help you find all the places where you have “minor” leaks threatening to become major trouble.
We will bring the best leak detection equipment and our extensive training to the job of restoring the integrity of your home’s pipes.
Contact The Sunny Plumber when you have leaks in your plumbing in Green Valley, AZ, or when signs of damage and high water bills make you suspect that you do.