Running water is one of the most important commodities that we have today. It is almost impossible to imagine what life would be like without running water. It allows us to shower, wash our hands, wash the dishes, stay hydrated, and much more.
Properly functioning water pipes are what allow us to have running water, and if our water lines aren’t in good condition, it is possible they could spring leaks or fail all together. Here are some signs that you should have your water pipes checked out.
Low water pressure is a symptom of many plumbing issues, but in the case of main water line failure, you will notice extremely low water pressure across your entire home. Problems could include dirt, minerals, or other waste blocking the line. Or, you could also have a leak in the water line.
If you are experiencing significantly reduced water pressure throughout your home, then you should contact your local plumber to come take a look. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to plumbing problems.
The water main that connects to the rest of your home’s plumbing runs underground through your yard. Another sign that your water line could have a leak is if there is water pooling in your yard for unexplained reasons.
If there is standing water or constantly soggy spots in your yard, and you can’t think of a cause for it, then it is very possible that there is a leak in your main water line.
One of the top causes for water line failure is corrosion. As pipes age, they will naturally break down due to the corrosive nature of water. This process can cause older pipes to rust and contaminate your water.
If you turn the faucet on and your water has an orange/brown tint to it then you should call a local plumber immediately. It would be dangerous to drink, cook, or bathe in water that has been contaminated with rust.
Things like severe weather or overgrown tree roots can cause serious problems for your water pipes. Nearby lightning strikes, torrential downpours, and flooding can damage the pipes entering your home from the main water line.
Additionally, overgrown roots from nearby trees can invade the area around your pipes and even cause cracking, which leads to leaks. If you’ve experienced severe weather, flooding, or have old trees in the area of your water line, you should have your local plumber come out and take a look to make sure you’re not in for a nasty surprise.
Cracked or otherwise damaged water pipes are no small deal. They can cause serious problems for you in the future. Leaking pipes can cause major damage to your home and cost you thousands of dollars that you weren’t budgeting for.
If you have any reason to suspect your water pipes are damaged or in danger of being damaged then you should call your local plumber immediately.
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