Without the right equipment, tools, and experience, plumbing issues are hard to detect. Most of your Del Mar, CA plumbing system is hidden out of sight, after all. Therefore, the problems that typically affect it are subtle to begin with. Pinhole leaks are one of those problems.
The subtlety of plumbing problems is the main reason we recommend scheduling preventive plumbing maintenance on at least an annual basis. However, it’s also important for you to know the warning signs that you do have a potential problem with your plumbing system. Pinhole leaks, as we just mentioned, are fairly common. And however seemingly minor one is, it can quickly grow in size or quantity, and leave you with drastic consequences.
These consequences include the following:
A Decline in Water Pressure
A drop in water pressure is never a good sign for your plumbing system. While a single pinhole leak couldn’t be to blame, it’s worth noting that whatever caused the pinhole leak to begin with could be impacting other parts of your plumbing system. That one pinhole leak might have turned into a number of pinhole leaks, or it may have grown in size until it was big enough to have an effect on your water pressure.
A slow loss of water pressure over a period of time is the best indicator of a leak that’s growing larger. Drops in water pressure can also be caused by blockages in your plumbing system somewhere. We suggest contacting a professional plumber as soon as you notice this problem.
A Running Water Meter, Despite No Running Water
This is the easiest way to detect a leak on your own without special tools and without calling in a plumber. Turn off all of your plumbing appliances, and then check the water meter. If the meter is still running despite every plumbing appliance being shut off in and on your property, then you’re losing water somewhere in your system—and it could very well be from a pinhole leak.
The Presence of Water Damage
We hope your pinhole leak never gets far enough to inflict actual water damage in your home. But an important fact of the matter is that this can occur. In fact, most plumbing problems only become apparent to homeowners after they’ve gotten far enough along to start causing property damage. This is why routine preventive plumbing maintenance is so important!
Pinhole leaks are often found after they’ve already rotted out the surrounding area with water damage. If you notice any signs of water damage on your walls or ceiling, then we encourage you to call in a professional right away. The longer you sit on this problem, the worse it can become.
As is almost always the case with any type of plumbing issue, it’s better to err on the safe side and call a professional plumber at the first sign or suspicion of something being wrong with the system. Even if you’re wrong, at least you now have the peace of mind that your plumbing system is functioning as it should be.
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