When most people think of major plumbing issues, broken pipes, backed up toilets, and clogged drains often come to mind. These issues are major problems, but sometimes, the little leaks are the ones that cause the most damage. Pinhole leaks are one of the most common and damaging leaks we see in Upstate South Carolina.

What are pinhole leaks?

Pinhole leaks are a result of deteriorating pipes used in residential plumbing and most commonly happen to copper pipes. While it’s a very durable material, copper does break down over time. Although most copper pipes have a useful life of 20 years, water quality can accelerate the deterioration and lead to premature pitting and holes.

Why are they so damaging?

Pinhole leaks often go undetected for a long time. Because they are so small, pinhole leaks are difficult to spot to the untrained eye in the early stages. Most times, these leaks only release a drop or two of water at a time. This means that many people won’t notice the leak until significant rot has crept into the area. Unlike ruptured pipes whose damage can often be mitigated by quickly repairing the leak and cleaning the area, pinhole leaks typically go unnoticed until severe damage has already been done.

What can you do?

The best way to check for pinhole leaks is to call your local plumber. Having a routine inspection of your plumbing system will let you know of any potential problems before they become full-blown issues. Contact the experts at Dipple Plumbing Inc. to schedule your Greenville home’s routine inspection today.