Pinhole leaks plague South County homeowners.
Lawsuits are piling up over tiny leaks in copper pipes that cause major damage.
By BROOKE EDWARDS STAGGS / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
The Bustos family was knee-deep in a remodel to their 12-year-old Ladera Ranch home when their daughter noticed something odd: bubbling white paint on new base molding.
“My husband said, ‘That’s water,’ ” Pam Bustos said, recalling that mid-October night.
What residents can do
Experts recommend a few tips for homeowners in areas prone to pinhole leaks:
•Discuss pinhole leaks with an inspector before buying a home.
•Review all homeowners insurance policies to ensure pinhole leaks are covered.
•Do regular physical inspections and checks to water pressure to help catch problems early.
•Consider preventative measures, such as a filtration system that removes additives, an epoxy pipelining treatment or total pipe replacement.
•Report any leaks to the local water district for tracking
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