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cat

04:46PM | 04/16/03
Member Since: 04/15/03
3 lifetime posts
Our copper pipes all over the house have pin hole leaks. Why is this? The house is about 35 years old. I thought copper was a good thing.

sungen99

08:14AM | 04/17/03
Member Since: 03/23/03
40 lifetime posts
Again- I am not an electrician however, I also feel moderately qualified to answer this question as well as I also worked for a professional plumber for 2 years and my brother-in-law is a union plumber and the two of us completely redid the entire copper system in our house.

First question for you is do you have green stains in the bottom of your sinks, tubs or showers. If you do it could be a electrolysis problem. A less reactive metal coming in contact with your copper pipe can cause your copper to lose electrons, become ionized and bond with impurities in the water. The copper shows up as green stains and that’s the reason I asked if you saw any.

If there you do not see any green stains check the PH level to make sure it’s not acidic.

[This message has been edited by sungen99 (edited April 17, 2003).]



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