Two Types of Plumbing Leaks to Be Aware Of

Pipe leaks are a common plumbing issue that can occur in the home. And, if you have ever dealt with a leak before, then you know that water can cause extensive damage if the leak is not addressed as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, leaks can be difficult to find unless you have a gushing one where water is flowing from the break or split. To help you find your leak, keep reading to learn about a few different varieties.

Joint Leaks

Sections of piping are connected in a variety of different ways. The pipes may be pushed together using quick connects or they may be joined with solder. Other pipes may be threaded and screwed to one another, while others may be secured with the help of plumber's tape, dope, or a solvent. 

All of these different connections are potential weak spots along the pipes where a leak can develop. Simply put, the joint will begin to fail and will start to come loose. This is an issue that can happen due to age, but it is often seen in cold areas of the country where pipes are subjected to freezing temperatures. In this scenario, the water in the pipes will partially or fully freeze and place pressure on the joint until a leak develops. 

Joint leaks can turn into substantial gushing leaks, but they will typically start off as dripping ones. So, make sure to inspect joints and to look for water pooling around them if you suspect a leak in your home. 

Pinhole Leaks

Pinhole leaks are exactly what they sound like. They are extremely small leaks in the plumbing lines that occur in sections with pinhole-sized openings. These leaks develop due to corrosion in most cases and the corrosion develops from the inside of the pipe outward. So, if you notice debris in your water pipes or water pressure that has reduced significantly, then this is a sign that you may have corrosion and pinhole leaks.

Pinhole leaks can also form when an object like a nail penetrates a water supply pipe in one area. And, the small leaks will produce a small bit of water on the exterior of the pipe. It can be confused for normal condensation, so look at the surrounding pipes to see if water is present on them as well. If not, then you probably have a pinhole leak. 

Unfortunately, you may need a more substantial pipe replacement if the leaking issue is caused by corrosion, so speak with your plumber to see what can be done about getting pipe repair work done.