Plumbing problems are unique from other household issues, in that they involve a system that is largely hidden from the homeowner. When your furnace or air conditioner stops working, you can often find the problem with a rudimentary look at the central unit. You may not be able to fix the problem, but at least you’ll be able to recognize it and call for professional help. Not so with most plumbing issues.
Plumbing problems tend to be subtle. For every catastrophic pipe rupture there are a hundred tiny little leaks that go unnoticed until the damage is done. It is those tiny leaks that are one of the biggest reasons why you should have your plumbing checked annually. Read on to find out more.
Most of the piping in modern homes is made of copper, mainly because it’s long-lasting and resistant to corrosion. There is still one type of corrosion, though, that affects it: pitted corrosion. Unlike other corrosion types, pitted corrosion is focused in a small area of the pipe and works from the exterior inward. This quickly opens up a small hole in the pipe, only large enough to allow one or two drops of water to escape at a time. These are called “pinhole leaks,” and they are quite dangerous to the health of your system.
Pinhole leaks are so small that the only way to detect them is to actually examine the pipe. This means that they have plenty of time, perhaps even years, to cause water damage to the surrounding area if regular maintenance is not conducted. Often, a homeowner won’t even realize that he or she has pinhole leaks until he or she notices the water damage in the walls or ceiling.
The only way to stop pinhole leaks before they cause widespread damage is to catch them early. If you haven’t had your plumbing inspected in at least a year, call The Sunny Plumber. We provide leak detection services throughout Tucson, AZ.