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What You Need to Know About Your Water Line

water-lineOf all the various parts of a home’s plumbing system that are important, the most important is the water line. This is the pipe through which all water flows before it reaches your home, which means that if there’s a problem with it, it can affect your entire plumbing system. It’s in your best interest to make sure that you keep your water line in the best possible condition. So how do you do that? Well, you can start by following the tips we’ve outlined below.

Schedule Preventive Maintenance

Just like with the rest of your plumbing system, water lines are vulnerable to all kinds of issues. They even have a few unique problems to deal with that you likely aren’t going to find in the rest of your plumbing system. The best way to protect your water line from the various issues it can run into is to schedule preventive maintenance for it at least once a year. This allows your plumber to identify and resolve any problems with the water line before they become serious enough to threaten it.

Water lines don’t need to receive preventive maintenance every year, as they tend to develop issues more slowly than other systems. Still, you should probably have a professional take a look at it at least once every two or three years. This should be sufficient to catch any problems before they have the opportunity to cause significant damage.

Know When to Call for Repairs

Preventive maintenance is great for preventing some issues from occurring, but it’s not 100% effective. There’s a possibility that sooner or later, you’re going to have a problem of sufficient severity develop between maintenance appointments that you will have to call for repairs. Knowing what to look for will at least ensure that you can identify when to do that, instead of waiting to be blindsided when the entire pipe ruptures or otherwise cripples the plumbing system.

There are a lot of different signs that your water line is in need of repairs. One of the most common is the formation of pools in the front or back yard. The water line runs under the property before connecting to the plumbing system, which means that any water escaping from a leak of sufficient size will bubble up to the surface. If you see puddles forming in your yard, and they don’t seem to be evaporating, you might have a problem with your water line.

Another sign to watch for is decreasing water pressure. Falling water pressure is a pretty common sign that there is some kind of leak or blockage forming in the plumbing system somewhere. If the water pressure is dropping throughout the home, though, then that could mean that you have a leak or blockage in the water line itself. The most common cause for this is actually tree root growth. Tree roots are known to penetrate water lines and infest them if they’re planted too close.

Performance Plumbing offers water line services of all kinds in St. Charles, MO. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers.  

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