Imagine a tiny,
pinhead-sized hole in one of the copper water pipes
running through the wall of your home. Water slowly
drips, drips, drips. It soaks into the insulation and
spreads until your wall becomes a breeding ground for
mold and mildew that can not only make you sick, but can
also go undetected for months or longer. Larger problems
may arise when your main water line that runs from the
street to your house becomes corroded or damaged and
cause major leaks into your homes basement.
“Leaks from this corrosion can cause drywall damage,
leaks on floors, mold build-up, and more,…but it’s a
very, very complicated problem. It’s hard to predict and
the mechanisms are difficult to sort out.”
Since copper is a low-cost resource and allows for
relatively easy installation, the majority of households
across the country sit upon tunnels of copper plumbing.
Not all copper plumbing experiences pitting corrosion,
but often an entire community can be found where pinhole
leak problems are prevalent.
“The hot and cold potable water distribution
piping in the typical residence is
generally of little concern to the homeowner or
apartment resident. Hidden behind walls,
ceilings, floors and cabinets, it is mostly out
of sight, and fortunately is rarely a problem.
The most common domestic water problems
encountered are dripping faucets, sticking or
leaking toilet tank valves and occasionally and
main water lines that ceases to work properly. These
are problems that most every homeowner
has experienced at least once. By comparison,
more serious and damaging water supply problems
associated with pipe leaks are far less common.
When they do occur, however, leaks can result in
extensive water damage if not immediately
detected, and often expensive repairs.
What are the principal causes of water pipe
failures and can the average home owner detect
potential problems before they become serious?
There are a number of factors that affect the
performance and service life of water pipe, or
tube, that must be considered: (1) the size and
type of pipe, or tube, material installed, which
in a U.S. home is most likely copper, but may
also be galvanized steel or plastic pipe, such
as PVC/CPVC or polybutylene, (2) the design and
workmanship of the installed piping system, (3)
the quality, or corrosiveness, of the water
conveyed in the pipe, and (4) the current age of
Each of these factors must be considered
when evaluating the current condition, or
the cause of leaks, in a home water piping
system. The following discussion is intended
to provide basic information for the
homeowner about the known causes of plumbing
failures and leaks.
Pitting corrosion in copper piping is
difficult for a homeowner to detect and correct before
it becomes a big problem, and often will result in
expensive repairs and replacement. Vancouver Water Line
Experts can detect, repair or replace your homes copper
water line as required and we can do the job using our
own trenchless pipe bursting equipment, without having
to dig up your lawns, gardens or driveway. Contact us
today if you suspect a leak in your homes water line.
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