If ever there were an old adage that you do not want to apply to the way in which you deal with your plumbing system and any problems that it may encounter, it is sure this: out of sight, out of mind. Why is that? Because so much of your plumbing system is out of sight, that’s why! Adopting that kind of attitude can lead to huge oversights in terms of your plumbing system, not the least of which may relate to your main water line.
Remember, all of the water that comes into your home and that you use to bathe, cook, and clean, arrives through this pipe. This out of sight pipe. Just because you cannot see it, just because you may not have visual confirmation that there are indeed problems brewing, does not mean you can afford to overlook what you can’t see. The “good” news here—and that term is relative in this context—is that there are plenty of signs that your water line in Marana, AZ, is in trouble.
First of All, What Happened?
A pipe is not a complex piece of machinery with moving parts and mechanical components. That doesn’t mean there’s no opportunity for damage to be sustained, however. Yes, your main water line may be compromised at some point. And there are a lot of potential issues that could lead to such a fate.
You may simply have an old home with an old water line that has degraded over time. It is entirely possible that outdated materials were used at the time of installation, and that your pipe has corroded and rusted away. If this is the case, you need a brand new, updated version installed by the pros on our team.
It is also within reason that shifts in the earth’s soil and landscape have led to damages. It doesn’t have to entail sizable seismic activity, either. You may, for instance, have had some ground leveling or other landscaping work done. Perhaps work was completed on the street or sidewalk in front of your home. Any such issues could change conditions enough that your pipe winds up damaged.
You may even have an issue with tree roots that have penetrated your main water line and which have led to damages. These tree roots are shockingly strong and determined, and may well have sought out the water in your pipes for nourishment! Even if you have a tiny leak in your pipes, those tree roots will exploit that weakness once they’ve discovered the water moving through it!
How to Tell Your Water Line Is in Trouble
Okay, so you know some potential causes of the problem—but what are the warning signs? Obviously, a new pond in front of your yard is a big red flag, but the initial signs may not be quite so dramatic. Look out, and listen for, the following:
- A sound of running water when none is in use.
- A spike in water costs (depending upon where the location of the leak in the line is, you may be paying for it!).
- Decreased water pressure.
- Cloudy water or water filled with sediment.
- Squishy areas in the yard.
Don’t let a damaged water line damage your home! Schedule your water line services with The Sunny Plumber Tucson. Bright and shiny and won’t show our hiney.