Copper is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. It’s also strong, corrosion-resistant to a point, and long lasting. However, it does not last an eternity. When copper water pipes became the industry standard in the 1960’s, they were expected to last 25 to 40 years. So it’s no surprise that many copper pipes now need repairs.
Copper pipe has many positive aspects:
As stated before, these pipes are durable for decades, especially in non-acidic systems.
Copper is resistant to bacteria, fire, and is earthquake tolerant.
Copper piping has a small internal diameter so it can fit in smaller spaces.
Copper pipe also has negative properties:
- Pipe interior can corrode over time if area water is acidic.
- Water may have a metallic taste.
- Piping is labor intensive to install and therefore quite pricey.
What Causes Leaks?
If your water is acidic, it can cause pinholes to form in the pipes and this causes leaks. These pinhole leaks are the main cause of copper pipe repair.
Also age can cause pinhole leaks. If the leaks happen in a place that they are not visible, you won’t even know they are there until you see water damage and/or mold. Plumbers believe the three most common causes of pinhole leaks are:
Chloramines in the Water System
Chloramines are a combination of chlorine and ammonia and are used to disinfect bacterial contaminants in drinking water. Chloramines replaced chlorine in drinking water in the 1990s due to EPA standards. Chloramines corrode the inside of copper pipes causing the pinhole leaks that cause water damage.
Old Water Heater Corrosion
Pinhole leaks can also be created by bits of corrosion from old water heaters. Steel particles collect inside the hot-water pipes causing the interior of those pipes to deteriorate and eventually leak.
High Water Pressure
The force and velocity of high water pressure inside pipes can cause erosion. The maximum pressure allowed by the plumbing code is 80 pounds, but 60 pounds is the maximum recommended pressure. So you see the dilemma.
We Can Repair Copper Pipes
Copper pipe repair or replacement can be costly. However, with NuFlow your pipes will be thoroughly cleaned and then coated with our epoxy pipe lining making them “better than new”. This pull-in-place pipe renewal repairs pin leaks, and even missing pipe. NuFlow’s system repairs your original copper pipes while they remain in place. This highly affordable pipe repair negates the need to tear through your yard, walls, floors, or other areas of your home or building. It is a non-invasive procedure and your family or office workers can go about their normal daily routines.
Call NuFlow today and find out how we can save you time, money, and your sanity. Get perfect copper pipe repair solution.