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What exactly is a pinhole leak in a copper water line?

A pinhole leak is a tiny hole that increase start
in piping creating a misting or steady stream of water to shoot out. Typically these pipe leaks develop due to the pipe being eroded from within. There are many of explanations as to why a leak happens. Most of the primary elements that lead to a leak include the age of your home, your cities water pressure, the volume of minerals within your water, the way the pipes are set up (i.e. elbows, bends, turns etc.), what time of year it is, and the way the pipes was set up.

Pin-hole pipe leaks in copper water pipe
In many cases the leaking appear close to the water main inside your house. It occurs near the water main as this is the spot that the water pressure is at it’s highest in your house. Just like how water ultimately can cut deeper into rock creating erosion. It also can corrode within your pipe. It slowly erodes the interior of the tubing until it eventually bursts through the pipes.

Copper piping failure
Throughout the US in many areas and cities, there’s very high water pressure with numerous minerals within the water. These causes in addition to the typical age of the home between 20-30 years suggests that we have a large number of pinhole leak phone calls in recent years. Substantial substance content in your water supply can lead to a variety of piping concerns. Everything from hot water heaters to plumbing fixtures and piping are influenced by the excess minerals. Using a softener in your water doesn’t help substantially either. Using a softener in water doesn’t dispose of the majority of the minerals which were contained in this type of water.

PinHole Water leaks in Pipe Fittings
Many of the circumstances that induce pinhole leaks cannot be avoided. You cannot modify the organic mineral levels or temperature of the water entering into the home. A good number of leaks appear at or near the pipe joint. Basically the spot where the connection is. This may be a right-angle fitting or maybe a pipe attachment. When water goes through one of these fittings there is disturbance. Water whirls and rotates when it passes through the pipes. Preventing this is somewhat inescapable. The disturbance can cause water to erode the pipe from the inside out.

Erosion in Pipe Fittings
Anytime a leak happens at a joint it is usually as a result of installer failing to ream out the copper after cutting it. When a copper pipe is cut with a pipe cutter it gets pinched as it’s being cut. This creates a lip on the inside of the pipe. This lip can exaggerate the amount of turbulence that occurs at the joint. Often a pipe that has multiple holes generally occurs due to the installer not reaming out the pipe after cutting it.

If you get a pinhole leak what should you do?
Chances are good that if you are continually having to repair different pinhole leaks, you will want to seriously consider a full Copper Repipe. It is the only way to prevent a pinhole leak from reoccuring because of poor water quality. Repipe Specialists is the preferred service provider for full copper repiping. They provide free on-site estimates and can even assist in upgrading your fixtures and additional improvements like a tankless water heater. Their services are about half the cost of a local plumber and always backed by a lifetime guarantee.