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Plumbing FAQ: What Are Copper Pinhole Leaks?

There are many, many different problems that may develop with any plumbing system. There is much more to your average residential plumbing system than meets the eye, and the occasional problem really is inevitable. Learning to spot warning signs and scheduling prompt plumbing services when necessary can help you to avoid potentially serious consequences with your plumbing system and pipes in Bloomington, IL.

One term that you may hear in discussion of plumbing problems is “copper pinhole leaks.” The development of copper pinhole leaks in your pipes is a sure sign that professional plumbing services are necessary. Read on to learn more, and remember to let our plumbers handle any service that you may need.

What Are Copper Pinhole Leaks?

Certain materials, such as galvanized steel and cast iron, are no longer commonly used in plumbing systems. They are viewed as outdated primarily due to the fact that issues such as corrosion are so common with these materials. That is why different plastic compounds and copper are now so commonly used.

Even copper has its issues, though, as you’ve probably determined from the topic of this post. Copper pinhole leaks work their way outward from the interior of copper pipes. Pitting corrosion will develop within the pipe, and the small “pinhole” leak on the exterior is the final stage. Don’t let the name fool you, though. Pinhole leaks cause full-size problems.

Because a few pinhole leaks are obviously not going to result in major flooding in your home, it may take a while to notice them. In that time, real damage can be done to your home. Not only can pinhole leaks damage wall interiors, ceilings, etc., but the dampness they leave behind can promote the growth of biological pollutants in the house. If you notice pinhole leaks anywhere in your home, or suspect their presence, contact us immediately.

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