I had a new hot water heater installed yesterday with a auto-shutoff valve for the water heater installed on the cold water piping. The valve had a female threaded end for the incoming water and a mail threaded end for the exiting water of the valve. The plumber had to cut the cold water pipe back to make room and then he soldered on the proper threaded pipe ends to that he could connect the valve to the pipe. The end where the water goes in is fine but the other end has a very very slow seepage leak. It is so slow that it barely creates a water bead and when it does drip, the water droplet dries before another one has a chance to drop.
Since the valve is now threaded on both ends with peices of soldered piping, I can't remove it to check the seal created by the teflon tape on the threads. Is there anyway to stop the leaking while it is in its stationary position on the pipe? Will the mineral deposits from the water seal the slow seepage on its own (I Have seen this occur on other types of copper piping thread joints) ?