Signs You May Need to Replace Your Water Main
Your water main and plumbing system are the hidden lifeblood of your home. Without them, you’re in for a debacle of epic proportions. However, many people ignore some of the issues with a faulty water main based almost solely on the cost involved. However, catching some of the early signs that you may need maintenance can actually save you money. So if you’re wondering whether your water main or water line needs replacement, look out for these telltale signs.
Constant Running Water
One of the biggest signs that you may need to replace or fix your water main is when you constantly hear the sound of running water in your home. If you live in a purchased condo, townhome, or apartment, this may not affect you. But if you own a single-family home, keep an ear out for constant running water. Additionally, any banging or whistling sounds can also be the result of a faulty water main.
Low Water Pressure
From time to time, your home may have low water pressure. This can be due to a number of reasons, but if it persists, it could be a sign of a broken water main. In particular, if the water pressure gets worse over time, your water main could be the culprit.
Some damp spots in a house are inevitable. Perhaps you live in an area with high humidity. However, persistent damp spots in the same area could mean that your water main isn’t draining out to the main sewer or water line. Unless you spilled water or you have a leak in the roof, you may want to consider an inspection regarding your constantly damp or wet areas.
Sky-High Water Bills
When you own a home for a while, you get a basic idea of how much you should pay for water. While certain times of the year may necessitate a higher water bill, such as when you’re watering your lawn or having the kids run through the sprinkler, higher water bills aren’t necessarily something you should just accept.
When your water bill continually rises or goes to new heights, chances are that something is wrong with your water main. The only sensible thing to do is to hire a professional to inspect everything and find out what’s wrong with your plumbing system.
Water on the Street
One of the biggest problems with identifying a water main problem is that the issue may not exist within your home. Sometimes, the telltale sign is outside of the home. Ruptured water main pipes may actually push water to the surface either through your lawn or out onto the nearby street. If you notice excessive amounts of water and you’re not sure where they’re from, your water main may need an inspection.
A water main or water line replacement, while expensive, isn’t something you should put to the side. If you wait too long, you could end up paying hundreds or thousands of extra dollars. So, if you see any of the signs of a faulty line, don’t wait. Call our professionals at EPS-Engineering today to take care of the issue and leave your plumbing situation in good hands.
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