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What Are Copper Pinhole Leaks?

copper-pipesYou’ve certainly heard stories about pipes springing leaks before, right? Not me, you may think. There is a major difference, after all, between leak resistant and leak proof.

While new copper piping is certainly very durable and reliable, nothing in this world is perfect. The arch nemesis of any copper pipe is the pinhole leak. Read on to learn more about what copper pinhole leaks are, how they develop, and the damage that they can cause. If you need any plumbing services, including plumbing repairs in Tucson, AZ, remember that we are the plumbers you should contact.

The Benefits of Copper Pipes, and Their Limitations

There have been a lot of different materials used for piping projects since the advent of plumbing as we know it. It is no coincidence or fluke that copper is so commonly used in homes and businesses today. Copper truly is one of the greatest piping materials around. It is very resistant to corrosion, and it is also easy for professional plumbers to fit, cut, and shape. Even so, corrosion can definitely affect copper pipes, and it catches many homeowners off-guard.

There are a lot of different reasons as to why copper piping may start to corrode. In many instances, it has to do with the quality of the water in the municipal system in any given location. Using the right water treatment system in your home can help to protect your plumbing. It is not a guarantee that your copper pipes will never develop pinhole leaks, but removing the corrosive aspects of your water supply before it enters your home can help to limit the level of risk.

What Are Copper Pinhole Leaks?

Copper pinhole leaks do not refer to a major rupture in a pipe. Instead, these are leaks that form from within the pipe, compromising the integrity of the metal steadily, if slowly. Pitting corrosion will start to develop on the wall within the pipe, and this dimpling will eventually reach through and create a leak or leaks. Now, the fact that the problem originates within the pipe and works its way out obviously creates an issue with recognizing the problem to begin with. It is very tough to spot a copper pinhole leak before the problem is full-blown. There are signs to look out for, though.

Any evidence of pitting along exposed pipes should definitely be assessed by a trained professional. Dimpling pipes could spring a leak at any time. Are your copper pipes starting to look weathered? This could be due to moisture meeting the air surrounding the pipe.

You can also be on the lookout for the usual suspects as far as leak warning signs go. These include increased water bills, the sound of dripping, the development of mold or mildew, marks of discoloration on the walls. All of these can indicate leaks that are too small to be obvious, but which are serious nonetheless. Call us at the first sign of trouble.

Call The Sunny Plumber with any concerns that you may have. 

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