If your home was built in the 1960s or 1970s, chances are you have a copper pipe plumbing system. Copper pipes were a popular alternative to traditional piping because copper pipes are long lasting – they can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years, but can begin to show signs of damage after the 20-year mark.
There are some major issues with copper pipes that shouldn’t be ignored because they can lead to costly repairs and replacements down the road. If you’re considering copper pipe repair, here’s what you need to know.
Copper Wears Down
It’s no secret that there are a lot of things floating around in the U.S. water system, and some chemicals found in water supplies can actually cause corrosion in copper pipes. This nasty chemical cocktail can leach the copper from your piping directly into your water, resulting in a chemical reaction. While copper is a mineral and nutrient naturally found in the human body, excessive amounts could be harmful and have been linked to Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Copper Pipe Leaks are Hard to Find
The reason why it’s important to seek out a specialist like Stuart’s Plumbing when considering copper pipe repair is because it can be tricky to determine the problem areas in a leaky copper pipe. A common occurrence in corroded copper pipes is a phenomenon called ‘pinhole leaks’. Caused primarily by chloramines in Lakeland, Florida water supplies and sometimes by high water pressure, pinhole leaks can sometimes be identified in dimpled piping, weathered-looking pipes, water stains on walls, or mold. Pinhole leaks are fairly easy to treat and resolve if attended to early on. Left untreated, these pinhole leaks can deteriorate your piping and may result in the need to re-pipe your entire home.