How To Spot A Problem With Your Water Main
Just think what your life would be like without access to water in your home. No, we’re not talking one sink or one toilet that is in need of repair, we’re talking no water at all! Although unlikely, this can quickly become a reality if you are unfamiliar with possible problems that may be present with your main water line. See below to find out what you should be keeping a close eye out for:
1 - Drops in Water Pressure
Is there anything worse than getting into a shower that seemingly couldn’t wash away a single speck of dirt off your body? Sure, you don’t want to feel like you’re standing in front of a pressure washer when you bathe, but you should have enough water pressure from your fixtures to rinse and clean yourself adequately.
The same goes for when you turn on the sink to brush your teeth or wash your hands and the water is halted to a mere trickle. There’s no good in that!
The faucets in your showers, tubs, and sinks should all have a steady flow. If your pressure is reduced for a prolonged period of time, there could be a leak or break somewhere along the main line.
2 - Water Discoloration
Water should be clear — there’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. Luckily, this one is easy to spot as you’ll know right away if your water isn’t as clear as it should be.
If you turn on a faucet and the water has a rust-brown tint, it could be due to corrosion or dirt and soil entering through cracks. Yes, that means your main water line could have cracks or gaps in the piping which is allowing foreign things to get into your water supply. It could also mean the water line is wearing from the inside out and that parts of the piping are infiltrating your water.
3 - Water Backflow
When you experience a reverse flow of water or other substance into your treated water supply, that’s problematic. Back-pressure and back-siphonage are two types of backflow, and both can cause contamination and other issues.
4 - Standing Water or Soggy Spots in the Yard
After a rainstorm, it’s normal to notice puddles or standing water on your property. However, if it hasn’t rained in a few days or weeks and those puddles aren’t disappearing, there’s a good chance you’ve got an underground leak that could be stemming from your main water line.
Not only is this a waste of money, it could also cause devastation to the greenery on your property as well as other major structural damage.
5 - Tree Root Intrusion
If your line runs beneath or near a large tree or other plants, the roots can burrow into the main line, blocking or breaking the connection and impacting the water supply. This can cause low water pressure in the fixtures in your home, or slow drainage in the shower, sinks and tub.
Water Line Repair & Replacement in Knoxville
If you detect any one or more of these problems and suspect a break, first, shut off the water to your main valve. This will end the continual flow from the city connection. Next, contact Quality Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to set up an appointment for an inspection or repair. You can rely on us for prompt and professional water line services in Knoxville.
Call (865) 622-7785 to learn more about water line repair and replacement in Knoxville or any of the surrounding communities. We’ve been serving the entire area since 1985 so you know you can count on us!