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The Problem with a Pinhole Leak

When it comes to leaks, there’s a consensus among professional plumbers that there isn’t a leak that doesn’t count as an emergency! Plumbing leaks, no matter how small they are, can cause water damage to your home that is incredibly expensive to repair. Water leaks also waste gallons of water every day that they run, as well as lower your water pressure and end up costing you a ton of money in the long run. If a water leak isn’t an issue for an emergency plumber in Boca Raton, FL then we don’t know what is!

That being said, sometimes leaks can be hard to detect. Especially in the case of pinhole leaks, which are a specific type of leak, they can cause a problem that is absolutely worth an emergency call if you can notice the signs.

Let’s get into what pinhole leaks are and how you can get them fixed.

Pitting Corrosion

Pinhole leaks are actually a specific type of leak that only occurs in copper plumbing. Since they’re corrosion-resistant, copper tends to be a great material to make up your plumbing system. However, there’s a specific type of corrosion that affects copper pipes known as pitting corrosion. The cause of this kind of corrosion is still up for debate, but the most likely culprit is either chloride, sulphate, or bromide ions in your water supply. These are pretty much impossible to filter out of your home completely and they could happen to any copper pipe in your plumbing system!

Basically, pitted corrosion creates a greyish patch across your copper pipe, which weakens it to a threshold that a tiny hole the size of a pinhole will form, allowing water to drip out.

How a Small Leak Turns Into a Big Problem

Whether something is an emergency plumbing problem is a pretty subjective topic—but even a small leak could end up requiring emergency plumbing because of the significant damage it can cause to your home!

Pinhole leaks will still allow enough water to escape from your pipes to cause damage in your drywall and rot the wood in your floor pretty quickly. The worst part about pinhole leaks is that they’re incredibly difficult to notice. That means you’ll have to pay attention to the signs of water damage, like mold and mildew forming in your home as well as rotting wood.

Call Us if You Notice Signs of Leaks

While pitting corrosion is one of the major types of plumbing problems that homeowners contact us about, essentially any leak is an emergency plumbing issue. It doesn’t matter if you’re just noticing water damage that’s forming in your drywall, or if you’ve got a toilet that’s overflowing, give our team a call to stop the problem before it causes even more damage.

Plumbing is a science, which means when dealing with an emergency leaking situation, you’re going to need a scientific approach if you want to mitigate further problems. Leaks cause mold and extensive damage to your home. Nip these problems in the bud when you notice them.

At Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC, you can count on nice people and super service. Call our super-friendly team today!

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