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What You Should Know About Maintaining Your Water Line

The piping of your home is not something that is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about home maintenance.  We are busy and often delay home maintenance.  The water in your home comes from the public water supply and into your home through your water line.  Because this line is underground, it is often hard to identify problems and repairs to this line require a licensed plumber.  If something goes wrong here, your entire plumbing system could be wrecked. Keeping it in good condition will ensure the well-being of your plumbing.  When the water line needs attention, everything and everyone in your home are affected.  Because of its importance, the water line should never be neglected. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your water line and the warning signs that your water line is in bad shape.

The Importance of Maintaining Your Water Line

While you can do a lot of do-it-yourself projects around the house when it comes to your water line a professional needs to be called out.  Not only do they have the expertise and work with plumbing issues every day, but they also have all of the tools of the trade to properly maintain and identify potential problems in your water line. They can easily find any leaks, problem pipes, and backups and address them quickly.

Tips to Maintain Your Water Line

Have a licensed plumber give your water line a checkup every couple of years.  This is important so that you can catch any issues early on. They can inspect the line and look for any areas that may need attention. Addressing problems early on can help to extend the life of your water line and cut down on repair costs.

Make sure that you call a licensed plumber immediately if there is a problem in your line. Check out the next section for the signs you’ll need to watch out for.

Symptoms of Water Line Trouble

All along your waterline are opportunities for problems.  Leaks, blockages, and line ruptures could be hiding beneath the surface. Finding them out sooner is your best bet.

Pooling Water

Be on the lookout for puddles that suddenly appear in your yard.  Water line leaks usually end up coming to the surface of your grass.  If you can’t find another reasonable explanation for them and they stand for a while, it’s time to have your water line inspected. If you see water pooling in your street by your home this could also be due to a water line breakage.

Low Water Pressure

If your water pressure is suddenly lower than it used to be, this is indicative of a problem in your piping. Problems with water pressure throughout the house usually mean that the water line is the culprit.  Whether limescale has built up within the walls of the line or you are losing water through leaks, a plumber will be able to identify the problem and efficiently make the necessary water line repair.

Recurring Clogs

If clogs are becoming a regular thing around your home.  This is may not be an internal pipe issue, but a main water line issue. A plumber can get to the bottom of your problem.

Odd Noises

Clanging pipes, gurgling toilets, and whistling can be signs that your pipes could have damage or that your water line has an issue that needs to be addressed.  If you can hear the sound of water running or dripping and you aren’t using the water at that time it is time to call in the professionals to take a listen and inspect your pipes.

Brown Water

If your water isn’t as clear as it once was, this could be a sign of rust in your interior piping or the water line that comes into your home. When the water line is broken, dirt can filter in with your clean water.

Higher Utility Costs

When you have a change in the cost of your water, this may be a sign that you have a water leak. Call a plumber soon to come out and detect any possible leaks.

Odors

Wastewater that isn’t being carried away from your home properly could be the result of a water line issue.  Smelling sewage is a sign that this is happening.

Foundation Cracks

Any water leaking from the water line could be damaging your foundation, causing cracks.

What to Do If You Suspect a Broken Water Line

A broken or burst water line can even be caused by the age of the pipes.  They are just worn down and cannot handle the pressure.  If you do notice a problem with your water line make sure that you:

  • Turn off your water shut off valve
  • Mitigate damages to ensure that your water line problem doesn’t damage your home
  • Call a professional licensed plumber immediately

Water Line leaks are not always easy to detect or locate, but using these tips to keep your line maintained and heeding these signs of problems will help you know when to make the call to the professionals.

Four Seasons Plumbing has been serving our neighbors in Asheville, Hendersonville, and the surrounding communities for years and is ready to help you.  Call us today to schedule your preventative maintenance, water line repair, or water line installation.  This is something that you should do every couple of years.  Our professional licensed and extensively trained plumbers will come out, in uniform, to inspect your water line.  Give us a call today at 828-216-3894 or visit our website https://callfourseasons.com/.

Max Rose - Owner of Four Seasons Plumbing

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Max Rose

Max Rose is the owner of Four Seasons Plumbing, a plumbing company in Asheville, North Carolina.