Plumbing is a tricky thing. The plumbing pipes in your home are designed to be out of sight as much as possible. Unfortunately, this also makes it much more difficult for you to detect a problem with your plumbing system when it occurs. These problems can cause quite a bit of damage if allowed to persist, which is why it is so important that they are detected as soon as possible. Read on for a couple of the bigger plumbing problems that can occur without you noticing, and how annual plumbing inspection can solve them.
Pinhole leaks are holes in the pipe caused by pitted corrosion. They tend to occur relatively quickly after the pitted corrosion starts, but because they only leak one or two drops of water at a time they can go unnoticed for quite a while unless the pipe is physically examined. After a few months of dripping into the surrounding area, pinhole leaks can rot out insulation, studs, and sheetrock. The best way to prevent massive damage from pinhole leaks is to have your plumbing inspected once a year, as it’s pretty much the only way to catch them early.
Hard water is water with a high mineral content. It is common to many areas of the country, especially in areas with large amounts of certain mineral deposits. As hard water flows through the pipes in your home, it deposits small amounts of these minerals on the inner walls. Over years, these mineral deposits grow into lime scale, a substance that restricts the flow of water through the pipe. If not caught early enough, lime scale can harden to the point that it cannot be removed, necessitating replacing the entire pipe. If you have your plumbing inspected at least once a year, you drastically increase the chance of finding lime scale and removing it before it’s too late.
If you haven’t had your plumbing inspected in at least a year, call The Sunny Plumber. We provide plumbing maintenance services throughout Phoenix, AZ.