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Older Homes May Have This Issue

It was reported that a homeowner over the past few years, in their 30 year old house, has started to spring pinhole leaks in the copper plumbing. Upon inspecting one offending pipe, it was noticed that a significant erosion in the pipe wall causing it to leak. The leaks are unpredictable and so far have been in the cold water lines only, but they wanted to know what might be causing this and what can we do about it?

ANSWER By PlumbingSupply.US:

Pinhole leaks are commonly caused by the use of dissimilar metals in the plumbing system. When copper pipes connect to galvanized pipe, a process called electrolysis results that breaks down copper, resulting in cracks and pinhole leaks. The same thing can happen if the copper is connected with galvanized connectors. Another cause for pinhole leaks is water moving through pipes. Sometimes a circulating pump is installed in a plumbing system. That causes a constant movement of water at a high speed and that eats away the pipe. Pinhole leaks also can be the result of a poor grade of copper tubing. Thinner, lower quality pipe is more likely to develop pinhole leaks. Generally, a mid grade copper pipe, called M class copper, is installed in residential plumbing systems. Sometimes the pinhole leak problem is due to poor flux at joints. Replacing the copper piping is your only solution. Because you've already have pinhole leakage, it is too late to stop it. Patching as you find the leaks only delays the inevitable.

Because there are many possibilities, the only way to know for sure what is causing your problem is to have a plumber look at your system. If you are in the Dallas Texas area, look no further. Give Atlas and call and be like many of your neighbors, friends and relatives, Atlas is a plumber they've used with great success.

Although pinhole leaks are widespread in some states and can be traced to water quality problems. Homes that may be connected to municipal systems do not have the problem unless one of the conditions listed above is present. Most of the time, pinhole leakage is found in older housing in rural locations using dissimilar metals. To be sure, give us a call at 972-243-8051. Let us come out and inspect to make sure you are repairing the correct issue that is causing the problem.  (PlumbingSupply.US Newswire)

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