Leaks are a very common problem for plumbing systems across the country. One of the problems with combating leaks in a plumbing system is how difficult it is to detect them in the first place. Most of the average plumbing system is hidden from view, and leaks tend to be quite small. In fact, one of the most dangerous types of leaks is the pinhole leak, which is only large enough to leak a couple of drops of water at a time. Let’s take a closer look at pinhole leaks, and how you can detect them early.
What are Pinhole Leaks?
Pinhole leaks are most common in copper pipes. They are created by chlorine particles in the air or soil quickly degrading the copper in the pipe, a process called pitted corrosion. Pitted corrosion can open leaks in the pipes quite quickly, and though they never grow that large they can still pose a serious threat.
The Problem of Pinhole Leaks
It is precisely because they are small that pinhole leaks cause so much damage. Even only leaking a couple of drops at a time a pinhole leak can inflict widespread water damage. Most homeowners don’t notice pinhole leaks until they see the area around it has been rotted out. By then, it’s far too late to mitigate the majority of the damage.
The best way to detect these problems early is to have your plumbing inspected at least once a year. That way, your plumber can find and patch any pinhole leaks long before they have time to damage the plumbing system too heavily. You can save thousands of dollars in repair costs over the years by doing this.