While you might have heard the term “water line” before, many still don’t know how residential water lines affect their property. Yet a great number of home and businesses-owners will have to undergo professional water line repair or replacement at some point. Read on for everything you need to know about water line service, and contact a technician at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Charlotte for all your commercial and residential plumbing needs.
Water Lines: Everything You Need to Know
- Your water lines work in conjunction with the water main: When water mains spring a leak, they can affect the plumbing in your home or business, preventing potable (aka drinking) water from reaching your property via water supply lines. However, leaks in the supply lines can be just as big of an issue. While replacing your water main may be the solution if you’re not getting adequate water supply, often you will need to change the one-inch copper lines that transport the potable water from the water main throughout the house if you are having issues with water distribution.
- Many natural factors wear water lines down overtime: While water lines have gotten safer and stronger in years since lead piping was switched out for copper tubing, there are still a host of naturally occurring influences outside and underground that can break down water lines over time. Tree roots, rotting stumps, and animals all pose a risk to the life of your water lines the longer they are in use.
- Look out for mineral stains: Discolored water is a key sign there is a problem with your water supply line. If the water in your home is stained red or brown, there’s a good chance it’s because the supply lines are deteriorating, or there’s a leak letting dirt into your pipes.
- Listen for noises coming from your pipes or water main: The only time you should hear noise coming from your water main or pipes is when you’re in the shower, using the sink, or using running water in some other way. If you’re hearing noise and you’re not running water at all, there’s a good chance there’s a problem in your supply line.
- If your yard is wet and it hasn’t rained, you could have a problem: Another indicator of leaky or broken supply lines is a wet yard. In these instances, cracks or leaks will let out a stream of water, soaking into the ground below your property and making your grass damp or soggy.
- In some cases, water pressure can also indicate issues: Although many factors can influence the flow and pressure of water in your home, issues with water lines may occasionally be a contributing factor. If you have tried everything to fix your low water pressure and still nothing is working, it may be time to call someone to take a look at your supply lines.
- Pay attention to that bill: Sudden spikes in your water bill are a classic indicator that your supply lines are leaking or damaged and should be replaced.
- You may need to dig deep to remove blockages: One of the reasons repairing and replacing water lines is such a large task is that removing obstructions may require professionals to dig deep into the ground. Occasionally, that means jackhammering through concrete to access the water lines below.
- Where you live can affect the job: In areas of the country that get excessively cold, where temperatures dip below zero and the ground freezes, replacing water lines may be more difficult. Luckily in Charlotte, the temperature usually does not get cold enough for this to be an issue. In other areas, which materials technicians use can also be affected, as elements in the soil can erode copper pipes.
- You may need to secure permission before starting anything: Something else that may vary depending on your location are the rules of local municipalities. In certain areas, you may have to secure official authorization before you hire someone to dig up your water lines.
Keep Your Water Lines in Good Condition with Mr. Rooter!
Although water line repair and replacement is a big job, various innovations and advances in technology are making it easier all the time. For instance, while supply line replacement almost certainly meant digging up your property in the past, with trenchless sewer lines, these messy overhauls are now a thing of the past!
Regardless of what the job is, at Mr. Rooter, our Charlotte plumbers are here to make it easier on you. We have over 45 years of experience in this business, during which time we’ve practiced and perfected all the tricks of the trade. We also offer 24/7 service, so you never have to worry about plumbing emergencies again. And with special offers for local customers, there’s no reason not to call today.
Dial (704) 842-9508 now to speak to a technician, or contact us online with all your plumbing-related questions.
About the Author: William Iliev, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Charlotte
William has been a trusted plumber and owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Charlotte since 2003. With over 15 years to back him, William has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in water heater services, tree root plumbing repairs, and more.