One of the most frustrating things about plumbing systems is that because they are largely hidden from view, any problems that they develop are much harder to detect. And while you wouldn’t have your pipes on the inside of your walls, this means that certain major problems can continue unabated for years and years. For example, pitted corrosion is one of the most damaging problems that can afflict your plumbing. Let’s take a look at why pitted corrosion happens, and how to detect it before it causes severe damage to the surrounding area.

What is Pitted Corrosion?

Pitted corrosion is created by chlorine particles in the air and soil, which interact with the copper in the pipes. The chlorine eats through the pipe, focusing on a small area and working from the outside inward. Relatively soon after, the corrosion opens up a small leak called a “pinhole leak.”

Pinhole leaks are far too small to cause any outward sign that warns of their presence. They only release one or two drops of water at a time. On a long enough timeline, however, that’s more than enough to rot out the surrounding area with water damage. Most homeowners only notice pinhole leaks by the damage they cause, and by then it’s far too late.

How to Catch Pinhole Leaks Early

The best way to catch pinhole leaks is to schedule video pipe inspection at least once a year.  Pipe inspection involves inserting a camera into your pipes, which allows your plumber to identify corroded areas and fix them. This makes it far more likely that you’ll be able to catch any pinhole leaks before they have the chance to damage the area around them.

Early detection is paramount for protecting your home from plumbing leaks. If you need to schedule video pipe inspection in Paradise Valley, call The Trusted Plumber. 

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