copper pipe springing leaks

Old 07-12-04, 12:57 PM
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copper pipe springing leaks

I'm having a problem with copper water supply pipes in the walls of my house springing leaks. The leaks aren't at any joints or fittings, and they don't appear to be caused by anything physically damaging the pipe (like a nail hitting it). The pipes just seem to be spontaneously springing pin hole leaks at random points along the length.

I discovered the leak when I noticed water flooding out from the wall and had a plumber fix it by replacing the section of pipe. While the contractors where out repairing the dry wall and cabinet water damage, they found another pipe leaking, different pipe but same general area about 4 feet below the other leak.

One leak I can accept, but the two leaks seem to be pointing to a larger problem that needs to be addressed. Otherwise I'm affraid I'll be tearing my house appart over and over one leak at a time. What could be causing this and can it be fixed without replacing all the pipes in the house?
Old 07-12-04, 01:02 PM
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Certain types of water characteristics, such as high acidity, can cause copper pipe to corrode and develop pinhole leaks. Replacing the bad sections is about all that you can do to correct it, I think.
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