Your water main (the primary pipe bringing water to your home or business from your community’s water source) is probably the single most important pipe in your entire plumbing system. Without it, the rest of your system is essentially useless. When you are faced with a water main problem, it is not the time to try to DIY—you need to call on a plumbing professional.
Common Water Main Problems
A water main leak can occur for a variety of reasons, including lack of maintenance, weather changes, root penetration, external corrosion, cracks caused by shifting soil, and collapse due to old age. Due to the pressure in the pipes, a break in the water main will cause water to flow out of the pipe and eventually make its way to the surface level (likely your street, front lawn, or basement). While a break will cause quick and noticeable damage, an unnoticed water main leak is often hidden from view and not noticed until extensive (and expensive) structural damage has occurred.
Should You Repair or Replace?
If a break or leak is detected in your water main, the problem must be fixed immediately to avoid any long-term damage to your home or business. This often leads to the decision of whether to do a water line replacement or a water line repair. Here are few factors to consider when you are making this decision.
- Consider the age of the service line: If your water service line is over 50 years old, it should be replaced rather than repaired.
- Consider previous repairs: If your water service line has had previous repairs, it is much more prone to break again if you simply have it repaired. It is strongly suggested in these cases that you have your water line replaced.
- Compare repair and replacement costs: Many of the costs involved in performing both repairs and replacements are often equal (equipment, much of the labor, etc.). If a repair costs 50% or more of the cost of a replacement, opt for the replacement.
Few plumbers offer more than two methods
We offer more than two methods to complete your service.
- Directional Bore: Remote controlled steel helical drill bit two to six inches in diameter spinning at hundreds of revolutions per minute (preserve your property)
- Pulling: We insert a steel cable in existing plastic tube and pull back a sharp double arrow-head splitter with new water service line attached ((preserve property)
- Trenching: six inch wide trench below frost line
- Manual: Shovel excavation
Trust the Professional Water Savers Team
If your water line is leaking or has totally collapsed, you can count on our certified and highly trained plumbing technicians to assess the damage, recommend the best plan of action, and resolve your situation quickly. We promptly handle any plumbing issue you may have and we always get the job done right the first time. Contact us today!