Water Line Replacement and Installation Services
Your water line is responsible for transporting fresh, clean water to your homes. It is connected to the city’s main, kept separate from your sewer line to prevent contamination. While your water line is usually designed to last a long time, unforeseen circumstances can cause damage to your water line and affect your entire home.
As water lines age, they can become more vulnerable to the effects of freezing and thawing, ground movement, water pressure, mineral buildup, and even tree root intrusion. If a water line is damaged, it can cause anything from discolored water to reduced water pressure. While these may not be alarming signs, they could quickly lead to the need for emergency replacement.
Below are some indications that your water line needs to be repaired or replaced:
- Low water pressure
- Water discoloration
- Sudden increase of your water bill
- Lawn or yard puddles
Do You Need to Replace or Repair Your Water Line?
Many homeowners are faced with this question every year when their water service line requires repair work. A typical homeowner will not know whether doing a partial repair is a possibility, or if the entire water line should be replaced. However, there are guidelines that you can follow to determine whether you should repair or replace your water line.
- What is the existing material made of? Depending on the type of material your water line is made of, that’ll help your plumber determine the best course of action. Some materials can’t be repaired. Your plumber should tell you what material the water line is made of and what options you have based on that knowledge.
- What’s the age of your main water line? The useful life of a typical water service line just over 50 years. If your water line has issues and is over 50 years old then it most likely needs to be replaced.
- Was the water line ever repaired before? Knowing if your water line has been worked on in the past is important. If an older water line is repaired it is more likely to break again.
- What’s the price differential between repairing or replacing your water line? A general rule of thumb is that if a repair costs 50% – or more – of the cost of a replacement, then you should consider doing the replacement.
What Should You Do If Your Water Line Breaks?
Holes or cracks may develop in a water main over time, usually as a result of external corrosion from the soil or frost. Water pipes are under pressure, so a break in the water main will cause water to flow out of the pipe and eventually to the surface level, whether that be the street, your front lawn, or the basement of your home. This could also lead to contaminated water in the home. It’s important to stop using appliances or drinking water when this occurs. There is usually a house shutoff valve that will turn off the flow of water through the main in an emergency. If your public utility doesn’t shut off the water flow first, you can locate the homeowner shut-off valve (next to your water meter) and turn the water flow off yourself. This is done with a water meter key. Once you shut off the water access to your home, you should call a plumber to come out and look at the problem.
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