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When to Replace Your Main Water Line

Water Main Line Replacement Salt Lake City

Blog Highlights

  • The main water line carries water to and from your home
  • If your main line is damaged or faulty, you may start to notice low water pressure
  • It’s important to have a plumber regularly check your home’s pipes and plumbing

Over time Salt Lake City and Park City weather and general use can wear down your main water line. Just like your pipes and drains inside your home, you need to look after your main water line. A damaged main water line should be fixed or replaced immediately to prevent additional, more costly damages.

The main water line carries water to and from your home. Water flows through this line almost constantly. Clogs, breaks, and leaks are not uncommon, especially in water lines that are a little bit older. A damaged main water line can stop your other plumbing fixtures from working and even flood your home with sewage. Fortunately, there are several signs to look out for that indicate you might have a problem with your main water line.

Clogged Plumbing

If you notice that your plumbing has developed a clog, this may be an indication that there is a problem with your main sewer line. Clogs occur for a number of reasons such as the accumulation of waste or debris. While clogs are not uncommon and are typically easy to fix. If you start to notice them happening on a regular basis, it’s probably time to replace the main line.

Contaminated Water

Dirt and debris can easily infiltrate your water supply if your main water line has a break, crack, or leak. If you start to notice that your water has a grainy texture, a weird smell, or is discolored, it’s possible that your main water line has been compromised. It’s best to have a plumber check it out as soon as possible. If left untreated, the dirty water can lead to health issues.

High Bills

If your water bills seem unusually high, it’s quite likely that your main water line is leaking. Contact your local plumber. They can help identify the source of the problem and offer a solution.

Pest Problems

When a sewer line breaks or leaks, pests such as cockroaches and rats may be able to squeeze their way into the water line. If you start experiencing an increase in the number of pests you see around your home, it may be time to contact your local plumber to inspect your water line.

Pools of Water

Patches of bright, full, green grass or little puddles of water all over your yard may indicate a leak in your main water line. Call your plumber immediately. They can help identify the problem area and recommend appropriate repairs.

Strange Noises

If you hear the sound of water running in your home, but the faucets and other water fixtures are turned off, then you likely have a leak either in the house or in the main water line outside. It’s important that you find and fix the leak as soon as possible in order to avoid serious damage.

Tree Root Invasion

Tree roots constantly grow towards and seek out moisture. Occasionally, tree roots can work their way into your pipes and plumbing. As the roots grow and expand, they can cause the pipes to clog, burst, or collapse. In most cases, you will need to replace the pipes. Consider installing a stronger water line to prevent future tree root problems.

Water Pressure

If your main line is damaged or faulty, you may start to notice low water pressure throughout your home. If you notice a significant drop in pressure, then it may be time to replace your main water line.

As with anything related to plumbing, many serious problems can be avoided with general maintenance and upkeep. It’s important to have a plumber regularly check your home’s pipes and plumbing. This way if there is an issue, they can hopefully spot it early and fix the problem before any real damage occurs.

Do you suspect a problem with your main water line? Contact us today!