The water line is the part of your plumbing system through which all water flows before it gets to your home. It’s a vital part, and if it suffers then your entire plumbing system will also suffer. For that reason, it’s a good idea to make sure that you know all you need to know about how to keep your water line safe, starting with signs that it’s in trouble. If you can recognize when your water line is in need of repairs, you can have it dealt with quickly before any more damage can be done. The following are a few of the more common ways that water line problems manifest themselves.
When a leak forms in the waterline, water often bubbles up through the ground and forms pools on the surface. If you notice pools of water forming in your front or back yard, and there doesn’t seem to be any obvious cause for them, it might be because you have a leak in your water line. You should have a plumber take a look at the system at the very least, just to make sure.
Plumbing problems of various kinds can cause drops in water pressure. Leaks, limescale, etc. can all result in this symptom. However, if you are having a water pressure drop across your entire house then it probably means you have a water line issue. The water line also has a unique problem that can cause this symptom: tree root growth.
As tree roots penetrate the line, looking for water, they will grow and spread until you have an entire root network running throughout the pipe. As you might imagine, all of that root growth heavily restricts the amount of water that makes it through the line and into your home. Tree roots can be cut out of the line by a professional plumber, but if they’re allowed to grow too much they can ruin the pipe. If you suspect this of being a problem in your own water line, call a plumber as soon as you can.
This one is a bit less common than leaks or tree root growth, but it still bears mentioning. Because the waterline tends to be surrounded by soil, it’s subject to the consequences of that soil shifting over time. As the soil settles or otherwise moves over the years, it can slowly twist and bend the water line out of shape. This can result in leaks, or even cut off a lot of the water flow, like putting a kink in a garden hose. Typically, the best way to resolve this issue is to replace the bent section of the line.