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What Are Copper Pinhole Leaks?

sunny-plumber-vanDo you want a quick answer to the question posed in the title of this blog? They’re a real pain. Don’t worry, we’ve got a more detailed definition coming your way, but we really just wanted to get that out there. The unfortunate fact is that there are a lot of different problems you may encounter with your plumbing system. Copper pinhole leaks are one of them, and they’re a doozy.

As is the case with any plumbing problem, it is always going to be in your best interest to schedule professional plumbing repairs the moment that you discover the issue. Sometimes, that comes late enough in the game that you’ll be in need of professional emergency plumbing repair in Phoenix. This may well be the case when you run into copper pinhole leaks in your home. Just remember that The Sunny Plumber Phoenix is always here for you.

So What Are Copper Pinhole Leaks?

Sometimes homeowners will encounter pipes in their home that just seem to rupture out of nowhere. While this typically isn’t really the case, it can seem like it because the pipe goes and you notice it right away due to the amount of water that you’re dealing with. That’s not really the case with copper pinhole leaks. As the name so aptly suggests, these are leaks that occur in copper pipes that are, well, tiny like pinholes. That doesn’t make them any less serious, however.

A lot of people are under the unfortunately incorrect notion that copper pipes are going to last forever. Copper pipes are great, don’t get us wrong. They’re light, easily flexible, and do last a long time. Plumbers love working with them, and homeowners love using them. However, due to corrosive elements in water, those pipes can also start to corrode from the inside out.

Because of this, a problem that seems to have happened very suddenly has actually been developing for some time. Because the leaks are so small, homeowners may not notice them for some time. That is a shame, because even in a relatively small amount of time, these leaks can lead to real trouble. Water damage, the promotion of mold growth, wasted money on wasted water—all of the usual suspects.

Is There Any Way to Spot the Problem?

Yes, there is. Obviously, the aforementioned problems are indicative of leaks, regardless of what type of leak you’re really dealing with. When it comes to copper pinhole leaks, however, there are some regular features to look out for. Mainly, keep an eye out for dimpling along your pipes.

This simply means divots along the pipe’s lengths, small indentations that are not quite holes—not yet, at least. They will be soon, however, so don’t convince yourself that this or even signs of weathering on the pipes is nothing to deal with. If you do, you’ll likely encounter leaks before long. And remember, leaks don’t always happen at the most opportune of times.

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