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The Threat of Pinhole Leaks

Many homeowners rely on external symptoms to find out whether or not various home appliances have problems. While that can work for things such as air conditioners and heaters, it isn’t particularly effective when it comes to plumbing systems. Much of your plumbing system is hidden, and plumbing problems are not as obvious as with other systems, in any case. Let’s take a look at one of the more dangerous plumbing problems you can face, pinhole leaks, and what to do about it.

Pitted Corrosion

In the air and soil around you are tons of microscopic particles, some of which interact poorly with the plumbing pipes in your home. One of these is chlorine, which eats away at the copper that makes up the pipes. This creates an effect called “pitted corrosion.” Pitted corrosion is focused on a small area, and works very quickly to open up a leak in the pipe. These leaks are typically very small, and only release a couple drops of water at a time. These tiny leaks are called “pinhole leaks,” and can do an immense amount of damage if you aren’t careful.

Pinhole Leaks

The main problem of pinhole leaks is that they are so small they don’t create any external symptoms. There’s no loss in water pressure or discolored water to warn you that you have them. So they slowly rot out the surrounding area over time until you notice the water damage. By then, of course, it’s too late. The only way to catch the leaks early is to schedule video pipe inspection. That will allow your plumber to identify the leaks and patch them before they cause too much water damage.

If you’d like to schedule video pipe inspection, call The Sunny Plumber. We offer a full range of video pipe inspection services throughout Tucson, AZ.

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