Corrosion is a gradual process that causes thinning of the pipe’s inner and outer layers, ultimately weakening the structural integrity of the pipe. Eventually, internal pressure will become too great for the pipe to support, resulting in cracked pipes, leaks, and even ruptures.
Damaged pipes can cause a host of issues, including damage to your home and the environment.
‘Pitting’ is small pinholes in a pipe line which become clogged from within the pipe line when suspended solid particles “plug” the pinhole. This is not an uncommon occurrence and the “plugs” may seal the pipe for an extended period till the water washes these plugs out of the small holes or till the “Plugs” break up or dissolve.
Making this problem even more of a nightmare, insurance companies are making it harder and harder for clients to receive compensation for pipe related claims. Your standard homeowner type insurance specifically excludes damage as a result of “Corrosion, wear and tear and gradual processes like rust and oxidation”.
If your pipes are old it may be an idea to have them checked by a qualified plumber as techniques are available today to inspect and protect those ageing pipes.