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Why Are My Copper Pipes Suddenly Springing Tiny Leaks?

Most homeowners in Savannah are thrilled to learn that their home is plumbed in all copper piping. Everyone knows that this is the gold standard in piping and is far more durable than the plastic options that have been installed in recent years. But what these same homeowners do not often think about is that even copper pipes will wear out at some point. And unfortunately, if you are discovering tiny pinholes in your home’s water lines, the end is near.

What Causes Pin Holes In Copper Pipe?

We all know that copper is a pretty solid choice for water lines and that a pin will not make a hole in the pipe. So what can be causing all of these annoying and potentially costly leaks? The answer sounds crazy, but it is likely the water flowing through your pipes that is creating your trouble. But not just the water. The minerals in the water damage the lines through erosion and corrosion, not just the water. In addition, contaminants like silt, sand, and other debris will begin to erode the copper piping. And if you have excessive water pressure, that rapidly moving water, along with the minerals and sand, causes the pipes to wear out even faster than expected.

So How Long Should My Copper Pipes Last?

The copper piping used in homes should last for decades with proper care and low mineral content water. Some of the highest quality copper water lines continue to function perfectly well into their fifties! But the deciding factor is the type of copper pipes in your home. Your licensed plumber will tell you how thick the wall is on the copper, which will dictate the life expectancy. The higher the pipe quality, the thicker the pipe wall, and the longer it will last.

How To Spot A Problem

As with most of the systems in your home, regular care and inspections are essential. Because pinholes are very tiny leaks, it can be challenging to locate them at first. But as they continue to erode the pipe or the number of leaks increase, you will be able to identify them more quickly. Diligence is the secret to noticing any difference in the appearance of the copper lines, corrosion on the pipes, or signs of water damage to the surrounding area. Even copper pipes should be inspected once each month to ensure no leaks or reason for concern. If you suspect a problem, call a licensed plumber immediately. Even a pinhole leak can create enough moisture for mold to begin to grow in around 24 hours.

When To Become Concerned

Homes built in the early 90s are closing in on 30 years old. And that is when old age can start to catch up to your home’s copper pipes. Regular monthly inspections on your part and an annual once over by a licensed plumber are the two best proactive choices to avoid a water leak and costly water damage to your home. When you begin to experience frequent leaks, it is time to talk to your plumber about your options for whole-house repiping. It is the most efficient and cost-effective solution to constant water leaks and the potential for costly water damage and mold infestation.

For an evaluation of your home’s copper water lines or emergency leak repair, call (912) 225-4056. The licensed plumbers at Thompson & Thompson Service Group are on call 24/7 to repair any water leaks and offer long-term solutions for your aging copper water lines. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and a full parts and labor warranty back all of our work.