There are two pipes that are absolutely vital for your home’s plumbing system to operate properly. These are the sewer line and the water line. All water that flows into your home’s plumbing system moves through the water line, while the sewer line removes wastewater to either the septic tank or the city sewer main. Since the entirety of your plumbing system relies on the water line to keep operating, it’s a good idea to make sure that it stays in good condition. Follow these tips to make sure that your water line stays healthy for as long as possible.
Schedule Inspections Consistently
Your home’s water line is susceptible to the occasional problem, just like any other part of your plumbing system. Also like the rest of your plumbing system, your water line will often develop problems subtly at first. Leaks, tree roots, lime scale, and the like can all cause serious issues for your water line, and in some cases even prompt its replacement. However, you’re unlikely to catch these problems by simply waiting around for symptoms to present themselves. If you want to keep your water line in good shape, you should schedule preventive maintenance to catch these problems early.
During a preventive maintenance appointment, your plumber can conduct a video pipe inspection of your water line to highlight any areas that might be experiencing problems. Those issues can be resolved before they develop further and cause problems for the water line. If you are careful to schedule maintenance at least once every year or two, you can both reduce repair costs and extend the effective lifespan of your water line significantly.
Call for Repairs When Necessary
Though water line maintenance goes a long way towards preventing problems from damaging your water line, it can never be 100% effective. It’s very likely that at some point, you will have to deal with some kind of problem with your water line. If and when that happens, you should be able to identify problems with it as soon as possible so that you can have it repaired. The faster you can have any issues with the water line taken care of, the more damage you can prevent. Common signs that you need to have your water line repaired include:
- Drops in water pressure: A drop in water pressure is a common indicator that your plumbing system is in trouble. You should be especially concerned if the drop in water pressure takes place throughout the entire house. That often indicates that the issue is located in the water line.
- Puddles: Your water line runs under your property before connecting with the plumbing system. If a large leak or rupture occurs in the line, the water will often bubble up through the ground and begin to form puddles in your front or back yard. If you notice these mysterious puddles, and they aren’t going away, it’s time to have your water line checked.