Main water lines are an important part of every building’s infrastructure, feeding directly into the entire water supply system. Water lines include those connected to drains, toilets, bathtubs, sinks, and boilers. Over time, your water line can develop issues due to faults in the water supply system, extreme weather, other environmental changes, or simply because of the age of the pipes.
What are Common Water Line Problems?
The following are a few issues that cause water lines to malfunction.
Clogs: Clogging, which happens when some sort of obstruction in the pipeline stops the free flow of water from plumbing fixtures, is one of the most common issues homeowners experience. Fortunately, most clogs are usually simple to address and are easily resolved with a simple drain clean.
Frozen lines: Your water lines are vulnerable to freezing during the winter, which usually results in slow moving or completely backed up drains. You can easily fix this issue by wrapping heat tape around the pipes until they defrost, once again facilitating free water flow.
Corrosion: This leads to severe degradation of water pipes. Corrosion compromises the water line, causing slow leaks that worsen over time. If corrosion is an issue, the best solution is a complete replacement of the affected pipes.
What are Signs You Need to Have Your Lines Checked?
Once you have water line problems repaired or have a brand new line installed, there are simple steps you can take to avoid running into future problems.
- Listening for strange noises such as water dripping or pipes knocking.
- If you notice pressure issues and water not flowing with its usual force, this is another telltale sign of problems.
- Examine your yard for excessively damp soil, as well as peculiar changes to its topography. This usually means that pipes have either broken or shifted.
- Notice a dramatic and unexplainable increase in your water bill? This mostly likely indicates a major leak.
If you notice any of these issues, the next step is to contact your local plumbing technician. Our skilled and efficient staff will perform a complete inspection of your water supply system and accurately diagnose the problem. We will then repair or replace your water lines as necessary to ensure that your water system functions at its highest efficiency.
Should You Repair or Replace Your Water Line?
Making the decision to repair or replace a water line largely depends on the extent of the problem. To best determine what your needs are, consider having a technician evaluate the overall condition of the water line. Once the inspection is complete, we will help you come to a decision on whether to repair or replace your system.
Call us today at (516) 671-3232 to get your water line back in order!