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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Main Water Line

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February 28, 2018

As a homeowner, you should constantly keep an eye on the different systems working in your home.  A lot can go wrong with your plumbing, so it’s important that you know the signs that accompany them! There are several factors such as time, use, and weather conditions that can wear down your main water line. Your plumbing endures a lot on a daily basis. Just like the pipes and drains in your home, your sewers main water line can clog and break down. Damaged plumbing is a major inconvenience and causes stress, so before any major malfunction, it’s important to know when to replace your main water line.

Signs of a Damaged Water Line

  • Clogged plumbing. A common sign of a damaged sewer line is clogged plumbing. This could mean that there is a clog somewhere in the main sewer line. Clogs can be caused by multiple things, an accumulation of waste and other debris, tree roots, a collapsed or aging pipeline. Clogs can be a common plumbing problem. If you find they are happening often, it may be time to replace your main water line.
  • Tree root incursion. What you flush down the drain isn’t the only culprit for a clogged main water line. Tree roots are notorious for creeping into your plumbing and causing some very destructive clogs. A tree is constantly seeking moisture with its roots, and if it’s close enough to the main sewer line, it can squeeze through any joints and connections. Over time those roots will expand until the pipe bursts or collapses. The damage done by tree root incursion warrants a replacement. It usually requires a plumber to not only access where the tree roots have penetrated the pipe but installing new and stronger piping that prevents tree root incursion.
  • Drop in water pressure.  A damaged main sewer line can cause your home’s plumbing several different problems, including low water pressure. If disappointing showers start to become a frequent problem, it might be time to replace your main water line.
  • Contaminated water. Any breaks or leaks in your main water line can allow dirt and debris to flow into your drinking water. Pay close attention the water coming out of your faucet. Presence of any discoloration, strange smells, or a grainy texture, your water could be contaminated. A broken main water line can lead to serious health risks if left untreated.
  • Water pooling in the yard. Little ponds of water and lush patches of grass are both signs of a leaking main water line. The problem could be from other plumbing, but it’s impossible to tell without a plumber to look at it.
  • Odd noises. Hearing noises when you’re running a faucet is normal. However, if you hear noises when no water is running through your house, there may be a leak somewhere either in your house or main water line.
  • High utility bills. A damaged sewer line usually leaks water and that can result in costly utility bills. If your water bills are constantly higher than usual, your main water line may be to be replaced.
  • Pest problems. Damaged sewer lines are an open invitation for pests like roaches and rats. If you start to find pests in or around your home, call a plumber immediately. These pests are a major health hazard and can reproduce rapidly.

Maintenance is Key

Taking proper care of your plumbing is a priority, and that includes your main water line. Your main water line is responsible for delivering water in and out of your house. A lot of water continuously flows through it, making it susceptible to damages such as clogs, breaks, and leaks. A damaged main water line, however, can be catastrophic for your home, rendering all your plumbing useless or worse, flooding your home with raw sewage.

Luckily most plumbing catastrophes can be avoided with proper maintenance. Some damages are unfortunately caught a little too late, but delaying a replacement can only cause more plumbing problems. During a routine inspection, a professional will be able to check the condition of your water line and locate any areas of concern.

If you are experiencing any of these issues with your plumbing or main water line, call us today!