Your main water line is responsible for transporting a supply of potable water between your well or municipal water supply and your in–house supply piping and water heater. This is its sole purpose and it is built to be reliable and sturdy, when professionally installed. If something goes wrong with your main water line, you may have insufficient water pressure or perhaps no water at all. Therefore, it’s incredibly important to make sure that your main water line services at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri are taken care of by a professional plumber. Here is an article with some helpful information about replacing main water lines. http://ths.gardenweb.com/discussions/2505937/replacing-main-water-service-line-copper-pe-pex
Signs of a broken water line or leaking water main
The most common sign in becoming aware of a water leak is observing a stream of water. The stream of water may become apparent through the foundation wall, showing up on your property or in the roadway. If you do observe a water leak, it does not necessarily mean it is your pipe that is leaking. Water always seeks its way towards the weakest point in the ground or through a wall. It is also possible that the leak is from a neighboring house. You should always call a licensed plumber to confirm the source of the leak.
Another common sign is a rumbling or hissing noise coming from the water main at the point of where the pipe enters the house. The only time you should hear a noise on your water main is when water is being used in the house. It is likely that you have a broken water main if your water is not being used and you hear a noise on the water pipe. The hissing noise is a strong indication that water is exiting the pipe at some point in-between the house, and the city water main in the roadway.
The third most common sign is if you have experienced a loss of water pressure. Not every water main leak may lead to a loss of water pressure however; this is a possibility and should always be investigated by a licensed plumber.
Please keep in mind that our soil conditions can dictate what type of pipe is appropriate to use here at the Lake of the Ozarks so let the expert team at Central MO All Service Plumbing help guide you with their many years of expertise in working in the conditions here.
What caused the broken pipe or leaking water main?
The most common factor leading to a water main break is natural wear and tear. The average life span of a water main is 60 years, some may last a lot longer and some may leak earlier. Another common reason for a water main to leak before reaching the 60 year point is shoddy plumbing. The prior contractor may not have installed the pipe properly, or may not have used the adequate fittings when connecting to the city main or the piping inside your home. Remember that Central MO All Service has a warranty on our workmanship and materials because we want you to be comfortable with the services that we provide.
A couple of less common possibilities are if your pipe has experienced electrolysis or has been disturbed by another utility company working near your home. Electrolysis occurs when a direct current electrical leak takes places underground. It is prone to attacking copper pipes and may result in an unusual smell and green tinted staining on the pipe. Plastic tubing can be used to prevent electrolysis. Electrolysis is most common in houses located near a train trestle.
Facts to consider when fixing a broken water line
Is making a repair on the pipe a possibility, or do you have to replace the entire pipe? The three most important factors to consider when resolving a water line leak are the material, age of the pipe and whether the pipe has had a previous repair. Along with these three factors, the overall cost and reputation of the contractor are heavily factored into the final decision. It is strongly suggested not to repair a water main just to save a few dollars. It is common for a water line repair to leak again in the future, which leads to spending more money to stop the leak. Repairing your pipe at two separate times may end up costing you more money than if you replaced the entire pipe at one time from the beginning. It is suggested to eliminate the risk when repairing the pipe, and replace the entire water main form inside your home to the roadway where the city pipe is located.
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