Your water line is the pipe that is responsible for transporting all fresh water into your home. It is designed to last quite a long time, up to a hundred years with proper care and maintenance. It can’t last that long on its own, however. It is important to keep an eye out for problems that can shorten the life of your water line. Let’s take a look at some of those problems now, and what you can do about them.
The copper that makes up most plumbing pipes is quite sturdy, and is especially resistant to rust. However, it is still susceptible to various kinds of corrosion. Formicary and pitted corrosion are both serious threats to your water line. The occasional leak isn’t too much of a threat on its own, but if the corrosion isn’t dealt with it can destroy the line. Corrosion is best caught early on, using services like video pipe inspection. Loss of water pressure and random pools forming in your yard are also signs of large leaks in the line.
Tree root structures can extend far beyond the area around the visible upper part of the tree. If you have any trees on your property, it is quite possible for their roots to find their way into your water line. Once the roots penetrate the water line, they spread out and continue to grow. Eventually, the roots can grow so extensive that they block the flow of water through the line. If caught early enough, the tree roots can be cut from the line. Otherwise, the damage might be too extensive and the line will need to be replaced.
If you need water line services, call The Sunny Plumber. We install, repair, maintain, and replace water lines throughout Tucson, AZ.