Responsible for delivering water to your home from the public water supply, the main water line is the most important part of your plumbing system. Without it, you’d have no water to run your showers, sinks, toilets, dishwasher, or washing machine. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens when your water line breaks.
Some homeowners are lucky enough to never have a water main problem, but the truth is it’s a common problem that can escalate quickly. To avoid the stress, expense, and potential damage of a full-on water line break, pay attention to these warning signs:
Low Water Pressure
A clog in the main water line can also affect the pressure of the water headed to your home by restricting water flow to all your pipes. While a water pressure problem in one shower head or faucet may just be a problem with the fixture itself, poor water pressure throughout your house could signal a more serious problem. Low pressure that gets worse over time may also indicate a water main leak, another sign it’s time to repair or replace your main water line.
Everyone gets a clogged drain every once in a while. However, if you experience unexplained or frequent clogs in several drains, the issue could be deeper in the main water line. That’s because when the water supply from the street to your home is not running efficiently and effectively, clogs are easier and more likely to form.
A leak in your water main not only lets water out, it can let contaminants like dirt, metal, or even raw sewage in. Again, if one fixture in your home is producing discolored or rusty-looking water, it may just be a problem with that fixture. However, if all the water in your home looks, tastes, or smells strange, it’s most likely a problem with the main that needs attention right away. Do not drink, use, or bathe in discolored water until you call a plumber.
Outside the home, a line problem may cause unexplained puddles and patches of mud or extra green grass in your yard. Take note of this excess pooling, particularly if it happens right above the location of your water main line. Leaks and ruptures below the ground may also bubble up through cracks in your driveway or sidewalks, and even attract pests that love moisture and humidity.
Unusually High Water Bills
A sudden or unexpected change to your utility bill is one of the most telltale signs it’s time to repair or replace your main water line. In fact, there may be no other clues to leaks or problems anywhere in the house. That’s what makes diagnosing water line repairs or replacements tricky for so many homeowners. If you do see a significant increase in your water bill, check your water meter to see if it continues to run when water isn’t being used.
Is it Time to Replace Your Water Line?
Most commonly caused by frozen pipes, tree roots, or corrosion, water line problems happen. In fact, it’s likely every home will need a water line repair or replacement in its lifetime. If you’ve noticed problems with clogged drains, pressure, pooling, or water quality at your home, don’t wait. Repairing or replacing old water lines before major problems arise can save you money, time, and a whole lot of mess and stress. Trust the professionals at Dooley Service Pro to keep clean, running water flowing at its best.