Plumbing problems are always difficult for homeowners, mainly because they’re so difficult to detect. Most of your plumbing is installed in the walls and floor, out of sight. This means that the best you can do to try and detect plumbing issues is observe their effects on the parts of the system you can see. Things like changes in water pressure or water discoloration can help you detect problems with your plumbing if you pay close attention. However, there is one problem that is almost impossible to detect:pinhole leaks.
Let’s examine what pinhole leaks are, and why you need to have your plumbing inspected for them at least once a year.
What are Pinhole Leaks?
Pinhole leaks are caused by something called “pitted corrosion.” Pitted corrosion is a type of degradation that is focused in a small area of the pipe, and moves from the outside inward. This eventually opens up a small leak, called a pinhole leak, which only leaks one or two drops of water at a time. The problem with these leaks is that they’re so small that they have almost no symptoms that are detectable by the homeowner. This causes them to go largely unnoticed until they have already inflicted significant damage.
The pipes in your home are usually surrounded by insulation and wall supports, neither of which you want being exposed to large amounts of moisture. The first sign a homeowner has that they may have a pinhole leak problem is usually when they notice water damage to one of their walls. By that point, the damage is already done. You may have to replace all of your insulation in that area, or even part of the wall itself.
Santa Monica Plumbing Inspection
So how do you stop pinhole leaks from damaging your house? The only way to mitigate them is to have your plumbing system inspected by a professional at least once a year. This gives your plumber the opportunity to catch them before they do much damage.
If you haven’t had your plumbing inspected in over a year, contact JW Heating & Air. We provide plumbing throughout the Santa Monica area.