Signs of a Water Main Break
A water main is the primary pipe leading from a municipal water supply into your house. If damaged, it can impact the plumbing throughout your home. Not only will your supply of water be affected, air can enter your pipes and potentially damage them. A water main system can require repair if it is damaged by construction or digging in the yard. It can also simply wear out over time. In order to identify water main system problems before they become serious, take the time to properly inspect your yard on a regular basis:
- First, locate your home's shut off valve — it will likely be near the water meter.
- Follow the meter towards your home, paying close attention to the ground directly beneath you.
- Look for soft or soggy spots, standing water or other signs of leaking.
- Check all outside water connections for leaks.
Inside the home, you should pay close attention to the water pressure in your shower and sinks — lower water pressure indicates inefficiencies in your plumbing system, which could stem from water main damage.
Signs of Water Pump Damage
If you are on a well rather than a municipal water supply, your pumping system serves the same purpose as a water main, and it requires similar regular checkups to ensure its health. Look and listen for the following water pump health warning signs:
- Low water pressure: Again, this problem can have several causes, one of which is a damaged or worn-out water pump.
- Short cycling: Short cycling occurs when a water pump turns on and off too quickly to deliver adequate water to your home. Normally, you should be able to hear your pump cycling every 30-90 seconds — if it cycles shorter than that, or if you notice your water pressure jumping back and forth between high and low, service is necessary.
- Water quality: A sudden change in water quality may indicate damage to your water pump or other well components. If you notice sediment in your water, foul smells or a change in color or taste, a well system inspection should be conducted.
The sooner damage is noticed, the more likely it is that the problem can be solved without an expensive or time-consuming repair. If you notice any of the above signs, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing for immediate attention.