Properly maintaining your plumbing system involves a number of different steps, including scheduling maintenance and keeping an eye out for any issues that might come up. Most people tend to focus on the plumbing issues that occur in their home, though, and not on the possible issues that can affect things like the water line.
The water line is the most important part of the plumbing system. It is the pipe through which all fresh water flows before reaching your home’s plumbing system, whether you get your water from the city water main or some other source. If the water line is in good condition, then the rest of your plumbing system will run more smoothly. If the water line is dealing with a problem, though, it can seriously harm the plumbing. Read on for some examples of water line issues you should know about.
Pretty much any plumbing pipe you can think of has the possibility of springing a leak under the right circumstances. This holds true for your water line. Water line pipes can be made from a wide variety of different materials, just like other plumbing pipes. Depending on when the pipe was installed, a water line could be made of iron, lead, PVC, or copper. What causes a leak in the pipe will vary, depending on the material the pipe is made of. What matters, though, is how you can detect it.
The most common way to tell if your water line is leaking is by watching for any odd pools that may suddenly appear on your property. The water line has to run under your front or back yard to reach your home’s plumbing system, after all. Water that escapes a leaky water line tends to filter up through the soil and start forming pools at the surface. You can also watch for decreasing water pressure throughout your home, as is the case with the other problem we’re going to cover below.
Tree Root Growth
Tree root structures are a bigger threat to your water line than you might think. They tend to extend far beyond the visible part of the tree, and once one penetrates the water line it can start to cause serious problems. Tree roots can grow and spread throughout the water line until they almost completely cut off the flow of water through the pipe. If you start to notice a steady decrease in water pressure throughout your home’s plumbing system, it might mean that you have some advanced tree root growth in the water line. This might be able to be remedied by cutting the roots out of the pipe. In extreme cases, though, it is often better to just replace the pipe entirely. You’ll need a professional inspection to determine the best course of action.
Pipeworks Inc. offers comprehensive water line and other plumbing services in Champaign, IL. If you need some work done on your water line, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers.