Water Line Repair and Replacement Warning Signs
As a homeowner, you are responsible for the water line in your home. While the city will take care of anything on its side, it's important to be able to tell if you have water line problems and what to do about them.
If you have a water line issue in the home, get it fixed as soon as possible.
What is a Water Main?
Your home's water main is the water line that provides your home with water from the city's public water supply. The main water meter is normally located in a cement box near your front curb. Consult your property inspection report for the specific location of your main water meter.
Signs of Water Main Problems
Here are some common signs that you need to have your water line repaired or replaced:
1) Discolored Water
If you see discolored water in your faucets, showers, or toilets, you know you have a problem somewhere. Discoloration due to rust, worn-out anode rods, and old pipes and water heaters should be dealt with as soon as possible.
We recommend contacting a professional plumber to diagnose the issue and fix the problem. While you may just need to replace the sacrificial anode rod in your water heater, you may also have old, rusty water line pipes that need repair or replacement.
2) Water Pressure
If you are no longer enjoying strong water pressure, you may have a significant water leak somewhere in the system. In addition to the water leak and drop in pressure, you could also be inadvertently causing water damage to your home or property.
If you are barely receiving any water at all, you may have a ruptured line. Turn off your water supply and contact a professional plumber as soon as possible.
Contact a professional plumber for help in increasing your home's water pressure.
3) Increase in Water Bill
One sign that you have a water leak or other water pipe problem is a spike in the water bill. Keep track of your utility bills and contact a professional if you notice a spike in your water and energy bills.
Your local professional plumber will be able to lower your water bill.
4) Rust and Corrosion
Copper pipes are more susceptible to rust, corrosion, and oxidation that other water pipe types. Inspect your water pipes on a regular basis for any signs of rust, oxidation, or corrosion.
If you notice any rust, green spots, or white, chalky deposits, contact a professional plumber to replace those pipe sections.
5) Soggy Lawn
If you notice damp or wet areas around your property and you can't blame the rain, you may have a water line leak underneath. Contact a professional plumber whenever you encounter unexplained wet areas on your lawn.
6) Water in the Street
If you notice water bubbling in the street outside your home, you may have a main line water leak. Contact a professional plumber ASAP.
7) Water Damage
If there is water accumulating in your home, such as wet spots around sinks, toilet, showers, floors, and underneath pipes, you may have a significant water leak in the home. In addition to protecting your home and property, you also want to prevent any further damage by contacting a professional plumber as soon as you can.
Other signs of water damage include:
- Mold and Mildew
- Damp Drywalls
- Stained Walls and Ceilings
- Puddles in the Home
- Cracks in Walls and Foundations
8) Water-Related Sounds
If you notice water sounds, such as bubbling, banging, dripping, and clanking, you may have a problem with your water pipes. Contact a professional plumber as soon as you can to resolve the issues.
9) Bad Odors
If your water and sewer lines are not going where you need, you may have blocked or backed up pipes that need servicing. Contact a professional plumber as soon as you notice any sewage smells. You may have a problem with your main water line.
10) Water Backing Up into Drains
If you flush the toilet and water backs up into sink or the bathtub drain, you may have a problem with your main line. Also, if water bubbles in your toilet when you turn on the closest sink or if the toilet/shower backs up, you may have a main sewer line clog. In these cases, stop using your toilet/shower/sink and contact a professional plumber right away.
Common Causes of Water Line Problems
- Tree Roots
- Old Age
- Neglected Maintenance
- Hanging or Pulling on Water Pipes
- Environmental Factors
Water Pipe Maintenance Tips:
- To prevent frozen pipes and other problems, it's recommended that you insulate your exposed pipes with foam sleeves.
- Use strainers in your bathroom and kitchen to prevent clogged drains.
- Learn about garbage disposal maintenance.
- Use natural drain cleaners only.
- Keep oils and fats out of your pipes.
- Repair leaking pipes as soon as possible.
- Call 811 before any digging project. You may accidentally interfere with electrical and plumbing lines.
- Schedule annual plumbing maintenance to have drains and pipes professionally inspected every year.
- Learn more about septic and sewer maintenance.
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