Unlike your wastewater disposal system, which relies on the gravitational force of the earth to move organic waste out of your home, your water supply line and piping rely on pressure. Whether you have a well pump or receive the water from the municipal supply system, you depend upon the integrity and good working condition of the water line, also known as the “water main,” that supplies your home with potable water.
Its location depends upon the layout of your home, but as with any underground pipe, it is subject to certain risks of root penetration and other damage, as well as the perennial issue of failure relating to old age. Fortunately, you don’t have to be in the dark about what goes on underground. There are several signs that you need water line replacement. Here are a few of the most common.
- Low pressure. One of the common signs that something is wrong with your water supply is low pressure. While there may be a leak inside your home, or some other issue, the problem could be caused by a leak in your water line. Because the pressure relies so much on the integrity of this pipe, even minor leaks can lead to low pressure issues. And without the right amount of pressure, many of your plumbed appliances will suffer accordingly.
- Spike in your water bill. Make sure you keep an eye on your water bill each month. If you notice any surprising or sudden spikes in your energy costs without a corresponding increase in the amount of water you use, then there might be something wrong with your water line. Water line leaks can be caused by various factors. If there are any trees nearby, tree root penetration is a constant risk to underground plumbing. They exert an incredible amount of pressure as they move underground, and if large enough, they can actually penetrate your water line.
- Wet spots in the yard. Unless it’s raining or flooding, then this is more or less a sure sign that something is wrong with your water main. Such a major leak may have also significantly cut down on your water pressure, as well. If you have wet spots in your yard accompanied by a foul odor, you may have a problem with you sewer main.
- No water. This one seems a bit obvious, but if, after you’ve checked your main shutoff valve, you still don’t have water, the line may have collapsed. While your water line was built to last, nothing lasts forever, and it may have simply collapsed under the weight of the earth it had supported for so many years.
Water line replacement is not the massive and invasive procedure it used to be. Today’s trenchless technology allows your plumber to use a couple of targeted holes and replace the water line efficiently and effectively. Call your local plumber today to learn more about what they can do for your home.