What You Need to Know About Your Main Water Line

December 19, 2018

Our daily lives require access to clean and fresh water. When there is no clean water flowing into your home, there are many problems that can arise, especially with regards to health issues. Your main water line must be kept in optimum condition so that the water that flows into your home remains healthy, and more importantly, drinkable. Your home’s water line should be both extremely durable and long-lasting. Still, regardless of how well-built your water line is, it can become damaged from a wide array of outside factors, including: tree roots, corrosion, and the type of pipes you have. These all depend on your home’s age as well.

Warning signs you should look for:

Low water pressure:

When you notice lower water pressure, your water line could be leaking because of water being lost. There are many reasons why you may notice lessened water pressure, but the water line leaking is one of the leading causes.

Water discoloration:

If your water line is defective, you could also notice a rust-brown color in the water. The coloration could come from soil or dirt coming into the water lined caused by cracks in it, corrosion, or both. Pipes can corrode from the outside if there are poor soil conditions, such as a high presence of chloride. This will cause contaminants entering the water and leaking.

Lawn displaying wet areas:

If you notice wet spots on your lawn when it hasn’t rained, then you could have a leaking problem under the lawn’s surface caused by the water line having cracks. This should be dealt with immediately so that the entire lawn does not get flooded.

Spending more money on the water bill:

If you haven’t used more water in a given month yet still notice a significant increase in your water bill, then you could very well have an issue with the water line. Your water line should be checked as soon as possible because you may need to repair or replace it.

Yard destroyed after sewer line replacement
How do water lines get damaged?

Pipes ages:

Cracks are more likely to come about in older pipes. Nearly 25 percent of all water mains in the United States are more than 50 years old based on information provided by Utah State University’s Buried Structure Laboratory. Older pipes were made from tile, clay, or steel. These materials are more prone to corroding and deteriorating as time passes.

Changes in weather patterns:

When there are significant changes in the weather patterns in your area, your water line could become damaged. Cracks can form after even a shift of 10 degrees, per data from the American Society of Civil Engineers. If the temperature goes below 40 degrees, your pipes become very fragile. Also, if the ground reaches a temperature at or below freezing, the water line can break after a day or two. This is because it takes longer for the water temperature to decrease than the air temperature.

You should always be on guard and look for warning signs that you have damage in your water line. Repairs and replacements should be handled by qualified professionals. If you have any issues, call the plumbers at ESCO Heating, AC, Plumbing & Electric today