The Dangers of Pinhole Leaks

The Dangers of Pinhole Leaks

It a term we think of a harmless leak because of it name ‘pinhole leak’ because how bad can a hole the size of a pin be for your plumbing system and home?

Truthfully as it turns out, very bad. This is due to the constant leaks can cause a great deal of water damage to whatever is around it, and the leak also opens that particular pipe to extensive corrosion.

Pinhole leaks can cause this much damage because they usually aren’t spotted until it’s too late, but with an annual plumbing maintenance appointment for your home, you can get ahead of any problems that may have developed with your plumbing system.

What Is a Pinhole Leak?

As its name indicates, a pinhole leak is a tiny leak that develops with copper piping. Pinhole leaks develop because of a breakdown in the copper, and there are a few ways this can happen:

  • Faulty installation
  • Poor chemistry in the copper itself
  • Water treatment chemicals hasten the breakdown process
  • Age
  • Chemistry of the local soil

The bottom line is that carrion plays a huge part in the creation of pinhole leaks, and the damage they can cause can be significant and costly. Some examples of the type of damage you can see from a pinhole leak in your plumbing are:

  • Damage to plaster and sheet rock
  • Damage to walls
  • Damage to flooring
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Corrosion in other parts of your system

Do I Have to Re-Pipe?

If pinhole leaks are found in your piping, your plumber will first assess how bad the damage is. For instance, if there’s just a small greenish-bluish spot on the pipe, the corrosion is likely not that bad and that one area can be treated, either with a small piece of new piping or an epoxy on the outside and inside of the pipe. But if there are multiple leaks and the corrosion is significant, you will most likely need to have your plumber re-pipe that part of your system.

Pinhole leaks are one of the things your plumber will check for during an annual plumbing maintenance visit, so if you have concerns about your plumbing, call Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a plumbing croydon company to schedule an appointment. We provide quality plumbing services in the London area.

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4 Ways to Tell If Your Pipes Are Worn Out

It is important to regularly keep an eye on your pipes, it’s even more essential to do so if you’re living in an older property. As plumbing system ages, pipes will generally show indications of having problems.

If you don’t watch for pipe problems you might miss the signs of issues that could result in extremely costly damage. Check areas of your property that you may not typically think about, places such as utility rooms, crawlspaces and basements, and look for the following clues that your pipes may need to be repaired or replaced.

  1. Leaks

A small leak could be a warning that something is seriously wrong with your pipes and they need to be replaced. More than likely, they are as old as the property itself and are beginning to get worse.

One sure sign of a leak is the build up of mold or mildew, either on a bathroom wall or somewhere else in your property. I’m sure you know that mold grows in moist environments, and of course, and a leaking pipe provides the perfect place for mold to thrive. This is especially the case if the leak is hidden under a floor or behind a wall. Spotting some mildew in your shower is not necessarily a cause for concern, seeing it anywhere else is an indication there could be a substantial problem.

The musty smell of mold and mildew is unmistakable. If you notice it after you’ve thoroughly cleaned and scrubbed your home, there is probably a leak.

2. Tube Corrosion 

If you notice your pipe tubing showing signs of dimpling or flaking that likely mean some substantial corrosion has occurred and the pipe needs to be replaced. In addition, if your water has a high-acid content, that could eat away at the tubing. Also, if copper pipes are idle for an extended period that can lead to corrosion as well as water reactions to the flux used to connect pipes.

3. Discoloured Water 

If you notice odd-colored water coming from your sink taps, call Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions as soon as possible; as there could be probably rust in the pipes. Rust not only makes water taste unpleasant, it also causes your water to harden, making it very difficult to thoroughly rinse the soap out of your clothes, off your skin and dishes.

4. Stains

By checking underneath your sink and see stains, or by seeing discoloration on your walls, this could be an indication of an issue. For example, look at the ceiling of a room directly underneath a second floor bathroom. If it is stained, that could mean there is some sort of leak present. If the ceiling looks normal, closely inspect nearby walls. Any staining could signify that the leak is farther down a pipe.

Be sure to check the walls in your bathroom for any traces of stains or warping. This could mean that the drywall has become moist and began to bubble. When this takes place, it will usually start to warp and eventually break apart. There could be a chance you will need to call Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions to come and fix the leak.

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