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Pinhole Leaks: Why They Are A Serious Problem

One of the most common plumbing troubles that plagues homes today is pinhole leaking. These small leaks affect copper piping, the most popular metal used for modern plumbing because of its light weight and resistance to corrosion. Although these leaks are tiny, many of them can develop at the same time, leading to damage to walls and floorboards and cumulative water waste. If you home starts to experience problems from pinhole leaks, call on the Montclair, CA plumbing professionals at Ace Pelizon Plumbing. We will take care of whatever pipe repairs and replacements you need to eliminate these leaks.

The dilemma of pinhole leaks

Pinhole leaks are a major frustration in the plumbing world because nobody really understands why they occur. A condition called pitted corrosion appears along copper pipes, leading to the pin-sized leaks to start in the weakened metal, but studies have not yet determined what creates this corrosion in copper, which is otherwise resistant to the normal corrosion that occurs in other metals. One possible suspect is chemicals in the water supply, but no one is certain exactly what chemicals are at fault. Is it chlorine? Ammonia? Some other combination? At present, there is no consensus.

Pinhole leaks are a serious problem for homes because they can occur anywhere and often for little reason. You can take great care of your plumbing, with routine maintenance done every year, and still have pinhole leaking appear to waste water, create mold and mildew, and eat through drywall. Newer copper piping seems as susceptible as older ones.

At this point, the only defense against pinhole leaks is to have them repaired as soon as you notice them. Plumbers can replace the corroded pipes with plastic PEX and CPVC piping that is immune to pinhole leaks. At the first sign that you have a leak somewhere in your home (an increase in water bills, discolored spots on the walls, bumps under the carpet, mold and mildew appearing in odd places) call up Ace Pelizon Plumbing. We have many decades of experience repairing plumbing in Montclair, CA, and we will take care of any pinhole leaks fast and do our best to prevent them from returning in the future.

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