The main water line that brings fresh, clean water into your home or property is crucial to daily life. Imagine if nothing came out of the faucet when you turned the tap on! Your water line is built to last: pre-1973 homes used galvanized steel pipes that have a lifespan of 40-50 years and iron pipes can last up to a century.
But, like anything, your water line won’t last forever, and a damaged water line can easily compromise the quality of in your home. To keep your home water safe and clean, the Seattle water line replacement and water main repair experts here at Bob Oates Plumbing, Sewer & Rooter have put together a list of the top signs to look out for if you think you might need a water line replacement in Seattle.
As things heat up and dry out this summer, soggy spots on your lawn can be a huge indicator that your water line may be compromised. In the absence of rain, soggy spots on your lawn could indicate that your water line is cracked and leaking water into the soil. If you notice, random puddles, or an overly soggy lawn with no apparent cause, your waterline may be compromised.
Low Water Pressure
Low Water pressure in your home is always on the list of indicators for all sorts of plumbing problems, from clogged drains, to a damaged sewer line. Well guess what, you can add it to another list, because low water pressure is also an indicator that your waterline may be in disrepair. If you notice a sudden and significant drop in water pressure throughout your home or property, you should call a professional to check to see if your main water line is cracked or you water main is losing water.
It’s not uncommon for water systems to occasionally flush small amounts of rust, especially out of little-used taps and faucets. However, if you’re noticing consistently and continually brownish, tinted water throughout your home or property it could mean that your water line is significantly corroded, or that dirt is entering your water system through cracks in the line. Either way, call a plumber for repair or full water line replacement.
Increased Water Bill
A sudden, unaccountable increase in your water bill is a strong indication that your home has a hidden leak, a cracked water line, or a compromised water main. Similarly to low pressure, a sudden spike in your monthly water costs is an indicator for a whole host of problems. If you’re experiencing an increased water bill and you have no idea why, it’s time to pick up the phone and give Bob Oates a call.
Visual Signs of Corrosion
If you haven’t already, try to make a habit of regularly giving the visible components of your water system a visual inspection. Not every home’s layout enables you to do this, but if you can try and check on your pipes regularly. These days most pipes are made of copper, which is resistant, but not impervious, to rust. If you do run across rust, it’s best to call a Seattle plumber or water line replacement specialist for further inspection.
If you’ve noticed any of these problems in your own home or property, it’s best to address them immediately to keep your water running clean, safe and clear so that your life at home can also run smoothly.