water main breakThe main water line is built to last. Therefore, most homeowners will never have a problem with it. Unfortunately, older pipes can development cracks or corrosion that causes leaks to occur. When this happens, the problem will need the expertise of an experienced plumber who has been trained to handle this type of plumbing repair.

Water main leaks often go undetected for long periods of time due to the water mains being buried deep under your home and yard. If a leak in the main line has gone undetected for a long while, additional problems can occur. These issues can include but are not limited to foundation damage and cracks in the floors, ceilings, or walls.

Is There Any Way to Tell That You Have a Leak in Your Main Water Line?

If your primary water line has a leak, you should notice one or more of the following signs:

  • Higher than normal utility bill
  • Puddles of water or wet spots on the floor, ceiling, and/or wall
  • Trickling sounds of water even when no one is using it
  • Loud sounds of running water even when the water has been turned off
  • Puddles of water in the yard or area of the sidewalk or driveway where the water line lies underneath of it
  • Growth of mold and/or mildew in various places of the garage or home

How Does a Plumber Determine That a Leak Exists in Your Main Water Line?

Before a plumber tears up your floors in search of a break in the water line, a visual inspection is made using specialized equipment. Typically, a video camera is used to search the length of the pipe in order to determine where the problem exists.

What Kind of Repairs Are Involved for Leaks in the Main Water Line?

Unfortunately, this type of plumbing repair is often costly since the main line is usually re-routed rather than replaced. A portion of the yard or foundation is usually torn up in order to connect new piping. The homeowner must generally contact someone other than the plumber to make the necessary repairs to the foundation and/or any walls that must be restored. The sooner the problem is discovered, the less invasive the process is.

Does Your Main Plumbing Line Needs Repair?

The main plumbing line brings clean water to your home. When it is broken, you should notice signs that a problem has occurred. You might see wet spots or notice a loss in water pressure. This type of plumbing problem requires the skills of an experienced plumber, so you should call one as soon as you think that the main water line is leaking or broken.