Your main water line is the most important part of your plumbing system. It carries water from the city’s treatment plant to your home, but since it is buried underground, it remains out of sight and out of mind. However, plumbing materials deteriorate over time, and will need repairs or replacement at some point in time. The water supply line is vital to your family’s comfort in the home. It provides clean water to your home, including to the kitchen sink (for cooking and dishes), the to bathroom (showers, baths and the toilet) and to the garden hose. If there’s a problem with your main water line, the whole house is affected and that’s why you must call Ridgeway Mechanical to repair or replace your main water supply. But how do you know your water line needs repair?
Signs Your Water Supply Line Needs to Be Repaired or Replaced
If you don’t know the signs of a plumbing problem, it will be difficult to detect problems with your plumbing. Here’s how you can detect issues with your water supply line:
Lower Water Pressure
If your home’s water pressure is significantly decreased, your water line may well be leaking. Poor water pressure throughout your home is a strong indicator of a leak in your main water supply. If there’s a sudden drop in water pressure, it is important to call for help immediately.
Increased Water Bills
Most households use more or less the same amount of water, so if you notice a significant change, without any good reason, it is an indication that there’s a possible leak or break in your main supply pipe.
Since the water has nowhere to go, it drains into the soil surrounding the water line. As the ground becomes saturated, it rises to the surface of your lawn. You will notice muddy areas and puddles.
What to Do When You Need Water Line Replacement
Main water supply lines are buried under the foundations of your home, the patio, walkway or under the landscaping. Due to their location, main water supplies are difficult to access when they need inspection or servicing. While it is important to repair plumbing leaks as soon as possible to prevent damage to your home, we urge you not to start digging right away. It can be difficult for someone with limited plumbing experience to successfully diagnose and repair a water line problem without causing further damage or destroying the foundation.
Water Line Replacement Solutions
We recommend that you get in touch with a master plumber to handle your water line replacement. Professional plumbers have the necessary training, tools and experience to perform a thorough inspection, locating and diagnosing the problem. They also offer a range of repair methods that are much more efficient than digging trenches across your yard and through your paving. Sometimes, they may be able to seal gaps, pinhole leaks and holes in your plumbing using a food-grade epoxy product. This can also help to prevent corrosion in the future. Polybutylene pipes have to be replaced because it is hazardous, however, if you call Ridgeway Mechanical to handle the job, you can rest assured that we will minimize destruction to the best of our ability.