If you have a broken water main line, you will have all the water you could ever want in the wrong places and at the wrong time. This is how many basements flood, and it can quickly turn a yard into a swamp. If you have a damage main water line, it’s a job best tackled by a professional local plumber. Here are three signs to look out for that could mean that you need a main water line installation or a repair.
What is a Mains Water Line?
The is the main line that connects your home to a source of public water or a well. Most municipal water sources are supplied from a pipe that is located under your street. That pipe branches at your home, and the water is fed into your main water line. Once the water hits your home, it’s fed to the various faucets and fixtures in your home by your plumbing system. If the water main is broken, you may quickly find that your home is thoroughly flooded. If you’re home, it’s essential to get the main shutoff valve turned off as soon as possible. This is often located in your home, or it could be situated next to the water meter outside.
- An Increase in Plumbing Failures
It’s a good idea to have your plumbing checked out on a regular basis. An annual maintenance visit will help to identify potential problems earlier when they are easier and cheaper to fix. As a plumbing system ages, it will become more prone to certain types of failures. The main water line is no exception, corrosion and leaks will only get worse over time. If you find that your plumbing system requires more repairs every year, it may be time to contact a plumber for some expert advice. In many cases, a regular maintenance plan may be enough to keep things running as intended. If a main line replacement is needed it’s a big project, but it’s necessary to avoid flooding and water damage can be expensive to fix.
- Standing Yard Water
A significant leak in the water main line could cause water to pool on the surface of the ground. This is easy to spot, there will be puddles of standing water that make the ground soggy and damage the grass. A public municipality will take care of problems with water mains under the street, but once they pass your property line, they are your responsibility. Call a plumber if you suspect you have a problem and they will be able to offer expert advice on what to do next.
- A Sudden Water Bill Spike
Main water line leaks can be hard to spot if they are slow or smaller at first. The pipes are often located well out of sight under floors or behind walls. A good way to notice if there is a leak is to keep a close eye on your water bills. If your water bill suddenly spikes one month, then this is a big clue that you’re losing water somewhere on your property.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.