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Be Careful of These Signs That You Have a Plumbing Leak

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Frozen Burst Pipe.jpgIt can be pretty difficult to detect a leak in your plumbing system, for a couple of pretty obvious reasons. First, most of the leaks that can afflict your plumbing start out pretty small. So small, in fact, that they don’t actually give off any sort of symptom you can recognize without physically examining the pipe or using other indirect methods. The second reason is that much of the system is hidden from view, making it unlikely for you to just spot a leak unless it’s very large. Fortunately, there are ways for you to detect leaks in your plumbing without professional equipment, provided you know what you’re looking for. (more…)

Why You Need to Have Your Copper Plumbing Inspected Annually

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The adoption of copper piping as the preferred plumbing material in the 1960s was a pretty big deal. Prior to that time, most homes were outfitted with pipes that were iron, or even lead! As we now know, lead pipes are poisonous and never a good idea. Iron pipes, while long-lasting, are quite susceptible to rust and other problems. Copper, however, is lightweight, resistant to corrosion, and safe to use. As great as copper is, however, it isn’t a perfect solution. Read on to find out why you need to have your copper plumbing inspected annually.

Pitted Corrosion

Although copper pipes are more or less immune to the kind of oxidization that affects iron pipes, it is still vulnerable to another kind of corrosion. Pitted corrosion is a special kind of corrosion that most commonly affects copper plumbing. The corrosion is limited to a small area of the pipe, and degrades it from the outside inward. This allows the corrosion to open up a hole in the pipe much faster than other forms of degradation. Though pitted corrosion works fast, it often only opens up a very small hole in the pipe. These are known as “pinhole leaks” and, despite their size, can cause all kinds of havoc in your home.

Pinhole Leaks

The reason that pinhole leaks are so dangerous is that they are so small. Larger leaks often cause a reduction in water pressure, which can warn you that something is wrong with your pipes. Pinhole leaks aren’t large enough to have any sort of outward symptoms, which means you probably won’t discover them until they’ve inflicted water damage on the surrounding area. Often, this means rotting out the insulation and even the support studs surrounding the leaky pipe. The first sign that homeowners often have that they might have a pinhole leak is when they notice the water damage inflicted on the wall behind which the pipe is located.

The only way to reliably catch pinhole leaks is to have your plumbing professionally inspected at least once a year. That way, the leak can be found and sealed before it has a chance to inflict significant damage.

If you haven’t had your plumbing inspected in at least a year, call Service King today to set up an appointment. We provide plumbing services throughout Schaumburg, IL