The main water supply line or mainline to your home is a single pipe containing all of the water from the city water main to your home. And while you rely on this pipe to provide all of the water used in your home every day, little thought is given to the condition of the pipe until there is a problem. The average water line can last for as little as 40 years or up to around 80 years. But when the pipe does begin to leak, the damage can be extensive, from a flood in your yard to dirt and debris contaminating your home\’s water pipes and fixtures.
What Causes A-Main Water Line To Fail?
Like everything in your home, the pipe used for your home\’s water supply line will eventually wear out from regular use. However, the process can be sped up by many outside factors. The quality of the water in the pipe plays a significant role in the life of the pipe. Water high in chemicals or minerals can increase the rust and corrosion inside the line and result in leaks. Also, soil with a high mineral content can begin to corrode the pipe from the outside. Other potential hazards to your home\’s water supply line include shifting soil, seismic events, aggressive tree roots, and damage from a shovel or digging equipment.
Signs Of A Main Line Leak
When a water line begins to wear out due to age, the damage is usually minimal at first. There are tiny cracks that leak just a small amount. But because this pipe is constantly under pressure, the damage can increase quickly as the water erodes the crack, making it larger. This small leak outdoors could be hard to notice, as the soil will absorb the moisture. If the leak is inside your home, you will see a small puddle under the leaking pipe that could increase rapidly.
As the leak increases, you will find that the water pressure in your home decreases. And if the leak is located outside underground, there could be particulates and contamination in your water. The same crack that allows water to leak out of the pipe is also drawing sediment and other particles into your water. When you notice sediment or contamination in your drinking water, it is essential that you contact a plumber immediately to determine what is in the water and if it is harmful.
If You Suspect A Mainline Leak
Any water leak has the potential to create a massive amount of damage to your home or yard. At the first indication of a leak, it is vital that you seek professional help. Even if the drop in your water pressure is minimal, act quickly. To further confirm a possible leak, turn off all the water in your home and look at your water meter. This will ensure that the leak is located after the water meter if the meter\’s dial is still turning. However, if the water meter is located at the street, the leak could be in the main water line running to your home. Both of these pose a serious risk to your property and should be addressed immediately.
Call (912) 236-3333 to schedule an appointment with the licensed plumbers at Thompson and Thompson. Our staff has decades of experience locating even well-concealed leaks inside your home or buried deep in your yard. Once we find the leak, we will provide you with a complete no-obligation price quote for the repair. And back our work with a full warranty.