Your water main is the pipe delivering water to your home from the city’s public water supply. It’s usually underground and it run beneath your yard. You probably couldn’t access it without digging. Your water main is, obviously, very important. It connects you with all the water you need to live your day to day life. Imagine if it broke!
If your water main breaks, it’ll bring your life to a screeching halt and cause terrible damage to your home. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the warning signs that tell you it’s starting to wear out. Remember: a little proactive maintenance now could save you a lot of time and money later. If you have any of the following problems, it might be time to replace or repair your water main.
Your plumbing seems to be clogging a lot more than usual.
Clogged plumbing is part of life for anyone that owns a home. Clogs happen from the wrong things going down the wrong drain. If they’re left alone for long enough, clogs can force debris build-up that can seriously damage aged pipelines.
If clogs happen more often than you think they should, there could be a clog in your main line.
There’s a drop in water pressure across your entire home.
Water pressure loss in a singular fixture is usually the result of a problem in the fixture. Water pressure loss across your whole home means that there’s a problem at the source, your main water line.
You’ve had a marked increase in pest problems.
Pests love moisture more than they love just about anything else. As one of the three main things (food, water, shelter) most common pests need to survive. If pests start showing up without any obvious cause, there might be a leak in your water main. If pests start showing up and you have other problems on this list, then there’s almost certainly a leak.
There’s water pooling in your yard.
If you notice pools of water or especially lush grass patches in your yard, it means your grass is getting too much water. That excess water could be coming from a leak or problem with your underground water line.
You suspect tree roots have penetrated the pipe.
Tree roots can grow through sewer lines if precautions aren’t made to address them. Tree roots seek out moisture, so they’re especially attracted to already leaking pipes. If roots have pierced the pipes, we can either replace the pipes entirely or insert protective sleeves over the damage.
Your water comes out discolored.
Breaks or leaks in your main water line don’t just let water out–they let contaminants in, too. Contaminants like dirt, debris, and more. These contaminants can discolor your water, make it smell weird, or make it feel grainy.
If you’re interested in repairing or replacing your main water line, call the experts at Ben Franklin Plumbing today. We’ll get it done right the first time, so you don’t have to worry about it anymore.