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Signs of a Pinhole Leak

A pinhole leak is a small problem when we’re talking about literal size. Though, bigger isn’t necessarily worse when it comes to plumbing issues. A leak the size of a pinhole can often cause immense amounts of damage over time, and that damage should be mitigated as soon as possible.

If you’re wondering about what kind of damage a pinhole leak can cause, we’ll get to that. However, more importantly, we’d like to discuss in this blog post ways to notice a pinhole leak and how to address it accordingly with a plumber in Doylestown, PA. We’d rather you not have to worry about the effects of a leak like this if it never happens.

So don’t be caught off guard when you think your home is being affected by a pinhole leak. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty about what these leaks are, how they occur, ways for you to notice them, and who to call when they’re found.

The Creation of a Pinhole Leak

Most normal pipe leaks occur via pressure that has built up from a clog or some other object that has stopped the water flow. However, a pinhole leak usually doesn’t start this way. Pinhole leaks usually start from corrosion along the pipe that has rotted away the inside until it eventually reaches the outside surface of the pipe. Since this is formed from corrosion, the moment the leak makes contact with the air, the leak begins—which is why these leaks are so tiny.

Signs of an Emerging Pinhole Leak

Because these leaks are so small, they’re incredibly hard to detect. They might not make any noises and they might not show signs of damage until it’s too late.

  • Dropping Water Pressure. One thing a pinhole leak can effect immediately is water pressure. If you’ve noticed a drop in pressure, whether in your shower, your faucet, or anywhere else where you use running water, there could be a pinhole leak somewhere.
  • Running Water Meter. Another way you can check if there’s a pinhole leak in your home (or any sized leak for that matter) is by checking your water meter. First, make sure that there is no water running in your house from any of your appliances, and then check the meter. If it’s showing signs of water running, then there might be a leak somewhere in your plumbing.
  • Water Damage. This is the last and worst sign to notice when dealing with a pinhole leak. If you’re seeing water damage either in your walls, floors, or anywhere in your home, it means there’s been a pinhole leak that’s run for quite some time. Water damage can cause mold growth and will weaken the structural foundation of your home when not treated quickly.

What to Do

Pinhole leaks can be dealt with accordingly. The earlier they are found, the better the outcome will be for the homeowner. Make sure you contact a professional team that’s got the training, equipment, and expertise necessary to repair a pinhole leak and the damage that’s been caused by it.

Contact Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling today to address a pinhole leak in your home!

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