Every home in Granada Hills that uses municipal water has a single water supply line or main water line that gets water from the city main to your home. The water passes through a meter, and then all the piping and water belong to you. So when that pipe wears out, you are the one who will need to contract to have it replaced and pay the bill for that work. So it is crucial to know a little about the type of water line that supplies your house and its age. For example, some piping can last for up to 80 years, while other materials are only estimated to make it around 40. And there are also outside factors that will influence how long your home’s water supply line will function.
What Can Cause A Water Supply Line Failure?
Much like people and all other components in your home, the water supply line will age and eventually wear out. Some aging processes can be sped up due to rust or corrosion or even the shifting and settling of the soil around the water pipe. Even aggressive tree roots can grow around the line and crush it, significantly shortening its life span. The other important factor is that as pipe ages, it becomes more brittle and can be prone to cracking. So tread lightly if you are digging in the area of your home’s water line that is nearing the end of its life.
Signs Of A Water Supply Line Leak
When a water line is wearing out, the leaks typically start small and grow. So there will not be a significant drop in water pressure at first. But you could notice it is steadily decreasing over time. So that tiny moist area in the yard could be the hint that you need to have a plumber take a look at your water supply line before the issue increases, as will the mess and cost of the repair.
It is also important to remember that the water from a supply line leak could be near the foundation of your home and could be the cause of that annoying puddle on the basement floor. So any time you see moisture along the path of that main water line, have it checked out immediately. If water leaks out of the pipe, it can also be dragging dirt and other debris into the waterline, contaminating your home’s drinking water and damaging your appliances and pipes.
Other signs of a severe main water line issue include grit or dirt in your water, significantly lower water pressure, increased water hammer, and a spike in your water bill. Call (818) 740-6830 to schedule an appointment with the Turbo Plumbing & Rooter team at the first sign of any of these issues. Our licensed plumbers will locate any problems quickly and provide you with fully warrantied cost-effective repairs. No job is too large or small, and we offer 24/7 emergency service if you just discovered a major plumbing problem in your home.