A residential water line is usually neglected, but it is a crucial component of a home’s plumbing system. As the pipe that carries water into your home, the main water line undergoes consistent use. If any issues occur in the line, they could disrupt service and inflict severe property damage. In some instances, it might lead to significant health hazards. Since your main water line is buried, it’s hard to assess the pipe’s condition on a consistent basis. In many cases, adopting an “out of sight, and out of mind” approach is reasonable, but not with your water line. Here are some ways to see if you need a water line replacement!
A Dip in Your Water Pressure
As the pipes that brings water into your house, any clog or break in the line will result in less water working its way through to fixtures. Isolated dips in pressure, affecting only one sink or showerhead, may show that there’s a problem in the lines somewhere in your house. In contrast, a uniform dip in pressure that affects your entire house indicates a problem with the supply line.
Higher Priced Water Bills
A small leak might not be enough to truly affect your water pressure that much, but since water is always running through the lines, it will lead to waste as time passes. If water bills are higher than your usual price and the culprits like damaged sprinkler systems or leaky faucets have been eliminated, it might be time to inspect your main water line.
Puddles of Water in Your Lawn
Ranging anywhere from an unusual vibrant patch of grass to a muddy fountain springing up, this is the most apparent yet severe indication of a water line break. It could also be accompanied by a nasty stench, a sewer line break. Even if the water pressure inside your home is not seriously affected, this issue should be addressed right away. Water seeping deep into the soil around your pipes will eventually loosen it and turn your entire lawn into a muddy, swampy mess. In addition to driving your water bills right through the roof, the mud is the perfect breeding ground for pests and could lead to more issues with your house’s entire water supply. If you see anything like this, make sure to call in the Alpha Plumbing professionals for a water line replacement.
Water That is Contaminated
Breaks and cracks in your water line could allow debris and dirt to flow into the water moving on to your house. These foreign maters can contain toxic chemicals and could create a serious breeding ground for bacteria once they’re in your house’s water lines, posing a severe health risk to everybody living inside. If water coming from your faucets has a grainy texture, a weird smell, or looks cloudy, it is possible that the main water line has been compromised somehow. This is when you need a water line replacement.
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Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.
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