If you discover a pinhole leak in your home plumbing system, do you know what to do? Examine the following steps below to make sure you are prepared if this situation arises in your home.
First, report the problem to your water supplier to determine if it’s a recurring problem. Your water supplier can also provide you with the latest updates and information regarding problems in your service area.
Next, get a licensed and trained plumber to determine the most likely cause of the failure. He or she can also tell you which of the following actions are required:
Complete a simple site repair.
Replace leaking pipes. If your pipes have experienced frequent leaks, you might want to consider replacing the leaking pipe sections with an alternative material that is approved by your local code.
Replace all pipes. Evaluate your options: you can consider repiping with copper tube or using an alternate material that is approved by the local plumbing code.
Line your pipes with epoxy or a similar material approved in your area. Consider that the lining will be compromised if any future plumbing work is required (with a house addition, for instance). Lined pipes cannot be heated or soldered. For the knowledge of plumbers or anyone else examining the pipes, the companies that complete this service will put stickers on the pipes to show that they have been treated. Keep in mind that epoxy lining offers no guarantee that it will protect against all types of corrosion.
Make sure you’re aware of the procedures of your insurance company. You can order a CLUE report, or Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange. This report is used by insurance companies when they are underwriting or rating insurance policies. It lists the history of losses for a specific property and property owner, highlighting all claims reported to an insurance company, including fires, water damage, and mold. The type of loss, when it occurred, and the amounts paid out are listed in the report.
Over 90% of insurance companies in the U.S. – which is equal to about 600 companies – will report their data to CLUE, so it is quite comprehensive. However, CLUE doesn’t specifically track pinhole leaks. Instead, it tracks pipe bursts and water loss in general. Today, insurers have started to examine their own loss data so they can determine which specific water losses result from pinhole leaks in copper pipe systems.
Pinhole leaks can cause numerous problems in a home, but the sooner you find them, report them, and get them fixed, the sooner your life can get back to normal.