The Twin Home Experts have completed over 5,000 pinhole leak-related damages
from everywhere to Los Angeles, California to Phoenix, Arizona. The services
we provided range from mold remediation services to extensive re-piping
of every hot and cold water pipe in one’s home. Unfortunately, pinhole
leaks can potentially cause billions of dollars in damages.
In today’s blog, we want to go over some of the causes of pinhole
leaks that you, as a homeowner, can look out for to prevent future pinhole
leaks in your home or business.
Top Causes of Pinhole Leaks
The causes of pinhole leaks can be as a result of a variety of different
problems. Depending on where you live, these problems can be less or more
Location: Believe it or not, your location can have an effect on the wear and tear
that happens to your hot and cold water pipes. This can be the cause of
pinhole leaks. The main problem is that homes that were built on slab
on grade (meaning copper pipes were barred or looped underground in the
slab of the home) are far more vulnerable to pinhole leaks. The sand or
rock content that is touching the copper directly can cause the pipes
to weaken. Additionally, the acidity of concrete can eat away at the copper.
Water Quality: With water quality, it comes down to how hard your water content is.
Hard water has a high mineral content, and if you have a home that runs
really hot water with a re-circulation system, you will likely be dealing
with pinhole leaks. Another culprit in water is that we are finding that
“chloramines,” which is ammonia mixed with chlorine. The city
of Los Angeles started using ammonia to start neutralizing the chlorine
smell because homeowners were complaining, but it is this chemical that
is causing copper piping to break down.
Copper Type: Not all copper pipes are created equally. If you have type M copper throughout
your home, you are more vulnerable to having pinhole leaks. Type M copper
is the thinnest grade copper. The next grade up (and what is being installed
in most homes today) is type L copper. Type L is a thicker grade, but
still has the potential of getting pinhole leaks, especially on a re-circulation
system. The next grade up is type K copper. Type K copper is the thickest
and typically used in hospital or dental offices to handle oxygen lines.
You, as a homeowner, can identify what type of copper you have by looking
at the outside of the pipe:
– Type M copper will be red
– Type L copper will be blue
– Type K copper will be green
If you are dealing with pinhole leaks, look no further than The Twin Plumbers.
Call us today!