Five Signs That You Need A New Water Main Line

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Issues with your main water line can be costly and inconvenient. Not only will a leak in the line lead to wasted water, it can also compromise the quality of the water in your home. The following are five signs that you may need to have the supply line replaced.

1. Loss In Water Pressure

There are three common causes for a loss in water pressure — a failure of a pressure regulator valve, reduced pressure from the municipal source, or a leak in your main water supply line. Pressure valves are an easy fix for any plumber; the offending valve only needs to be replaced. If the pressure loss is through the municipality, a phone call to your water company is all that is needed. A leaking water supply line, though, will require a prompt call to the plumber before the leak causes major issues.

2. Soggy Landscaping

Has a wet, soggy area developed in your yard? If so, then a leaking water main line could be the culprit. You may be able to determine the route of the line through your yard by locating the utility cover in the street and tracing a line from it to your home. If a soggy area develops near the assumed path of the line, then chances are you have a leak or rupture.

3. Foundation Damage

Water main lines are more likely to develop a leak where they join the rest of the water lines that run throughout your home, which is often near where the main line enters your foundation. A leak near the foundation can cause foundation cracks or uneven settling to occur. If your home suddenly develops foundation problems, make sure to check that the water main line isn't damaged.

4. Increased Utility Bills

Are your water bills going up and you aren't sure why? If the rates haven't risen and you don't feel as though your household is using more water than usual, the culprit could be a leak on your water main. You can verify this by turning off all water taps in your home, including those that feed into appliances, then watching your meter. If the meter continues to run even with no open taps, then a leak is very likely.

5. Contaminated Water

The water main line passes through soil to reach your home. If the line develops a crack or hole, soil and other debris may enter the line. This debris will then come out of your tap. You may notice sand, grit, rust, or other types of organic materials in your water. In this case, you need to have the line repaired or replaced right away.

Contact a plumber immediately if you suspect issues with your main water supply line. Look for a plumbing professional in your area. 

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