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Why Small Leaks Matter

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

A lot of people think that plumbing leaks are only worthy of professional attention if they’re very large. As though if a pipe isn’t threatening to rupture and flood your house, it isn’t worth calling a plumber over. In reality, the most dangerous leaks are often the smallest. Let’s examine these tiny leaks, and why they have the potential to actually become the bane of your existence if you ignore them.

Pinhole Leaks

The most common kind of small leak is called the “pinhole leak.” These leaks exclusively affect copper pipes, which also happen to be by far the most common pipes in American homes. Pinhole leaks are caused by pitted corrosion, which is where the pipe degrades from the outside in. No one really knows what causes pitted corrosion, though the EPA has been trying to figure it out for years. Eventually, an opening no bigger than a pinhole opens and begins leaking water, one drop at a time.

What’s the Big Deal?

Leaking one drop at a time may not seem like that big of a deal, in the same way that a dripping faucet may not seem like a big deal. However, those drops really add up over time. A dripping faucet can actually waste over a thousand gallons of water over the course of a year. A pinhole leak can waste that much water pretty easily, but it’s actually much worse.

Pinhole leaks tend to affect areas that are out of sight, which means they’re very likely to go unnoticed for a long time. The leak is not large enough to cause a drop in water pressure, and because of the pitted corrosion that causes it there won’t be any rust in the water to tip off the homeowner. So, pinhole leaks can go without being noticed for a very long time, wasting thousands of gallons of water without you even noticing.

The other issue is that pinhole leaks tend to occur in areas surrounded by things like insulation and support beams. The slow drip of water can cause these things to rot away over time, damaging the wall or ceiling in which the pipe is located and causing much more expensive repairs.

The best way to combat pinhole leaks is to have your plumbing frequently checked. If you haven’t had your home’s plumbing checked this year, call Brooks Plumbing. Our expert plumbers cover the whole Turnwater area.

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2 Reasons for Considering Bathroom Remodeling

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Are you satisfied with the state of your bathroom? Do you wish it were more comfortable, more luxurious, or simply more practical?As one of the most utilized parts of the home, the bathroom, whether it’s downstairs or part of the master bedroom suite, needs to be optimized for your particular needs. As such, it is one of the first rooms that homeowners think of remodeling. This may not simply be for aesthetic reasons, however, but rather a necessity due to the presence of mold and mildew, or other wear and tear to the shower or bathroom sink vanity. Whatever your reason for considering remodeling your bathroom, you need to hire a professional bathroom remodeling contractor in Tumwater, WA to complete the service properly. Call Brooks Plumbing today. We can handle not only the plumbing aspect of your new bathroom, but the installation of any fixtures, flooring, tile, and built-ins.

  • To change the layout. When remodeling the bathroom, most homeowners want to make some kind of change to the layout of the bathroom, whether this requires expanding the footprint of the room slightly, or simply moving the shower and toilet to a different area of the room. This involves moving the supply and wastewater piping, but it may be worth it if you feel as though your bathroom should have been designed better in the first place, or it has become inhabitable for a growing number of family members.
  • Because the bathroom has become gross. This is not an uncommon reason to gut the bathroom and start over, or simply replace a few key components, such as the flooring or shower. Whether due to ventilation problems, or simply because of the frequency with which it is used on a daily basis, your bathroom fixtures and infrastructure can become problematic. They can develop mold and mildew not only on the surface, but also behind walls and under fixtures that can begin to eat away at the infrastructure of the home. Allowing such problems to fester can lead to serious water damage.

Call Brooks Plumbing if you’re interested in what we can do for your bathroom remodeling project in Tumwater, WA. We can guide you every step of the way.

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