We’re going to take a wild guess that you probably don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about the state of your pipe system. That’s fine. Not many people do, after all. However, if you want to get the most out of the various appliances that rely on your home’s infrastructure, you’d do well to make sure that it is at least well-taken care of.
Your water line is the pipe that runs from the city water main to your home. All water that flows into the home flows through the water line, which means that your entire system relies on it. Follow the tips below to ensure that your water line stays in good shape for as long as possible.
Know The Signs That Your Water Line is in Trouble
Just like all other parts of your pipes, your water line is susceptible to a variety of issues. These can range from leaks, to blockages, to full-on ruptures in the line. You likely won’t notice any developing issues at first, because it is the nature of these things to be subtle. However, sooner or later these problems will present warning signs. When that happens, it’s a good idea to be able to recognize them.
Watch for puddles randomly forming in your front or back yard. When a leak develops in the water line, the water that escapes from the pipe will bubble up through the ground and form puddles in the yard. If you notice these puddles forming for no apparent reason, especially if they are not going away, you should consider having a professional examine your water line.
You should also be vigilant for drops in water pressure, as they are often a sign that there is a problem with the household pipe system. If the water pressure is dropping for the entire house, then the problem is likely located in the water line. Dropping water pressure could be due to leaks or blockages in the water line. Lime scale is a common cause of water pressure loss, as it builds up and restricts the flow of water through the pipe. Tree roots also commonly penetrate water lines and strangle them as they grow.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance at Least Once a Year
As we mentioned above, it is unlikely that you will be able to recognize any problems that develop with your water line when they first occur. If you want to prevent as much damage to your water line as possible, the best thing to do is to schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year. During a preventive maintenance appointment, your pipe technician will closely examine your water line for signs of an issue. Any developing problems can then be repaired before they advance far enough to cause serious damage to the water line.