Prior to the 1960’s, most of the plumbing pipes in a home were made of iron or lead. While the pipes lasted quite a long time, they had other issues that made them less than ideal for use in the home. Iron pipes were incredibly susceptible to rust, which often lead to leaks and pipe ruptures. Lead, meanwhile, simply poisoned the water that flowed through it. So, in the ‘60’s the primary plumbing material became copper. Copper is resistant to rust, and doesn’t bleed into the water that flows through it. However, it isn’t invincible. Read on to find out more about pitted corrosion, and what it can do to your pipes.
What Causes Pitted Corrosion
Pitted corrosion is caused by the presence of chlorine particles in the area surrounding the copper pipe. Chlorine degrades copper remarkably fast, eating through the pipe and opening up leaks. Pitted corrosion is a bit different from rust, in that it tends to be focused on a small area of the pipe. Of course, this means that leaks will open up all the more quickly. Since the corrosion is so focused, however, the leaks that it causes are almost always tiny. These are called “pinhole leaks.”
The Threat of Pinhole Leaks
Pinhole leaks are quite small, typically only leaking one or two drops of water at a time. However, they can still cause a ton of damage. Because they’re so small, pinhole leaks often go unnoticed until they have rotted out the surrounding area. Even a small leak can cause widespread water damage if it’s left alone long enough. The only way to catch these leaks is to have your pipes inspected by a professional plumber. Otherwise, you may suddenly find yourself paying a lot of money to repair an entire wall or floor section.
If your pipes need inspection, call The Trusted Plumber. We offer pipe inspection services throughout Goodyear, AZ.