When it comes to plumbing systems, there is a lot of misinformation and wrongly held beliefs out there. This is partly why it is so important that you work with trained, trustworthy professionals. They don’t come any more trustworthy than a Sunny Plumber! That’s the good news. The bad news is that, in order to keep people like you informed, we sometimes have to burst a bubble or two. In this case, it’s the belief that copper pipes last forever.
Yes, it is true that copper pipes can last a very long time. There is a reason why they are so popular in both residential and commercial applications. Even copper pipes have their limitations, though. It is entirely possible that your copper pipes will begin to leak at some point. When they do, it is very possible that those leaks will be of the pinhole variety. Today we are going to take a look at the causes of these leaks.
What Are Copper Pinhole Leaks?
When most people think of leaks, they think of a pipe that has burst open, or maybe of a bad connection that is leaking water everywhere. These are certainly not uncommon issues. However, not all leaks are quite that dramatic. Not at first, anyway. The copper pinhole leak is a great example of this. This type of leak develops over time, and actually starts from the inside out!
Copper pinhole leaks form as the interior of the copper pipe corrodes. This leads to pitting or dimpling of the exterior surface of the pipe. If you notice this dimply exterior appearance, it is vitally important that you contact a member of our team right away. Once they’ve gotten to that point, it is really only a matter of time before the real trouble begins!
What Causes Copper Pinhole Leaks?
There are a lot of different reasons why copper pinhole leaks may develop with your copper pipes. The first and foremost of these causes is water quality. Specifically, we’re talking about issues like pH imbalances with your water, hard water, and even soft water! This is why you really need to have the right water treatment systems in place if you struggle with subpar water quality. It’s not just about protecting your health and taste of your water. It’s about protecting your plumbing system itself.
Another potential cause of pinhole leaks is the velocity of the water moving through them. Again, this is another reason why you really need trained professionals to handle your plumbing services, including the installation of any and all pipes in your system. If your pipes are too narrow, and the space within them too constricted, then the pressure of the water in those pipes and the velocity of the water passing through them can cause problems. We always install the right pipes, the right way.
Let Us Know if You Have Any Concerns
Plumbing problems will not resolve themselves. If you have any concerns at all about the condition of y0ur plumbing system, don’t hesitate to give us a call.