Trenchless Water Line Repair & Replacement in Atlanta, GA

Water line problems can lead to expensive property damage such foundation or structural deterioration. Water from a broken or leaking pipe can penetrate through mud and rocks and erode the ground around and underneath your property.

To prevent water line problems from becoming more serious, it is important to identify potential water line breaks as early as possible. If you’re suddenly paying higher water bills, or notice saturated soil, and water surfacing in your yard or pavement area, it is very likely you have a water line leak.

A functioning, working water line is an indispensable part of every home or business. If there is an issue with your water supply system, it's important to have it fixed by qualified plumbers that will recommend the best options to repair your water line, including trenchless repair and replacement technologies such as water pipe bursting and water pipe lining.

If you suspect that your main water line is broken, leaking, corroded or cracked, call Zippy Plumber. We will inspect, repair or replace your main water line with minimal damage to your property. Our plumbing professionals have the experience, knowledge, and tools to determine if your water pipe is in good condition, or if there is any obstructions or damage that needs to be repaired.

Trenchless Methods We Use

Traditional trenching used to be the only solution for water pipe replacement, but with the new trenchless pipe lining and bursting technology, home and business owners can have their pipes repaired or replaced in a matter of hours and with minimal disruption. In many cases the entire repair or replacement job can be done in one day, and almost never more than two days.

Trenchless repair not only provides a faster, stronger and more durable alternative to conventional trenching methods, but the repair or replacement process leaves your driveways, sidewalks, yards and landscaping intact.

However, as beneficial and innovative as it is, sometimes trenchless water line repair isn't the answer. In general, trenchless repair or replacement is a good option when the pipe is very deep, very long, or when property or landscaping would be very expensive to replace or repair.

If the water line is severely broken or has heavy blockages, open cut trenching might be the best repair option.

Water Pipe Bursting

This technique is also known as pipe-pulling because the new pipe is pulled through the existing damaged pipe. Water pipe bursting is an efficient and cost-effective system for replacing water lines, and is perfect for the rehabilitation of aging underground water pipes in difficult to access locations. This method of no-dig works well for clay, concrete, cast iron, and PVC pipe.

A splitter head or expander is attached to one end of a wire that will guide the pipe-bursting tool and the new plastic pipes through the original pipe. The expander displaces or bursts original pipe fragments into the surrounding soil, while the splitter head pulls in the new polyethylene pipe. Once the installation head is pulled through the end of the pipe, the new pipe will replace the damaged section and can be connected the main plumbing system. This process maintains the same or one size larger diameter as the old pipe.

Water Pipe Lining

Trenchless repair is an innovative technique that typically involves installing a new lining or a new pipe into a damaged area with no digging or excavation. Depending on the type and severity of the water line damage, trenchless repair or replacement can be the fastest and most convenient method to resolve many water line issues.

This repair method has several significant benefits compared to other methods of water line repair. Using our epoxy water pipe liners, we can create a new, high quality, durable pipe within an old pipe. With trenchless lining process we are able to have your water line fully repaired and back to a better than new condition in about 24 hours.

Warnings Signs of Water Line Problems

Since underground water line leaks can destabilize the soil on your property and potentially cause foundation problems, knowing when you have an break or leak in your water line can help you save your property and prevent thousands of dollars in damage. If you aren’t sure how to tell if you may have a problem with your main water line, look for the following warning signs:

  • Unusual increase in the water bill – A spike in the water bill can be a telltale sign of water line leaking.
  • Low water pressure – Significant leaking can result in noticeable drops in water pressure. The pressure that should be dedicated to distributing water throughout the household is now being lost to the formed leak.
  • Discolored water – Cracks in pipes can cause intrusion of dirt and other debris into the water supply. Discolored water is unsafe to drink and can be a health hazard.
  • Constant wet areas in the yard – As mentioned previously, leaking underground pipes can result in wet soil above the location of the leak. This can also be accompanied by unusually lush, green or tall grass at the affected area.
  • Dripping sounds – Another obvious sign of water line leakage is the sound of running or dripping water. If there are no taps or appliances in use, then this is a red flag and should be investigated immediately.

Common Water Line Leak Problems

Leaks can sometimes appear in the water supply line between the meter and house. Like most leaks, these can be difficult to identify, since most supply lines are usually buried several feet below ground. A common sign of leakage at this location is water in the meter box. This indicates that the leaking water has traveled from the point of the leak back to the meter box.

Another common sign indicative of this type of leak is constantly damp soil between the meter and the point where the line rises above ground level to enter the house. Leaks between the water meter and the house are usually the responsibility of the homeowner and therefore, a professional plumbing technician should be contacted to repair water lines from the meter to the house.

This is usually caused by a broken main water line to the house. If the main water line to the house is leaking, constant patches of dampened soil directly above the leak location will usually be observed. This can sometimes be accompanied by lush or high grass over the area of concern. Leaks in the yard are within the homeowner’s property boundary and are therefore the responsibility of the homeowner.

Ponding of water in the driveway can be indicative of a leaking water supply line under the driveway. Because water flows through the path of least resistance, leaking water will usually permeate through cracks in the driveway. There may also be damp soil or accelerated lawn growth around the vicinity of the driveway.

Repairing these leaks can be time-consuming and may entail excavation work, therefore, homeowners should contact a professional plumbing company to conduct these types of underground water line repairs.

The shut-off valves are the responsibility of the homeowner. Therefore, it is important to identify which component is responsible for the leak.

Leaking at the valve stem – Frequent use of the shut-off valve can sometimes cause loosening of the nut and washer that seals the stem from leaking. This can be remedied by using a simple crescent wrench to tighten the nut.

Signs of water meter leaks include saturated soil and sometimes lush green grass growth around the meter box area. A back-up of water in the meter box is also a sign of a possible leak.

Determining who is responsible for repairs would entail removal of the box lid to view the meter. If the leak occurs on the property owner’s side, then the repairs are the responsibility of the homeowner. Otherwise, the repair and maintenance falls under the jurisdiction of the relevant public utilities authority.

Property Owners Are Responsible For Their Water Lines

By Atlanta city code, the property owner is responsible for the service pipeline beginning at the connection between the house and the water meter (usually located in the front yard, close to the sidewalk). Property owners are responsible for maintaining their water supply pipes, including repairing and replacing when necessary.

As soon as you suspect there is an issue with your water line, it is a good idea to determine whether the problem originated in your property or on the side of the public utility. If the public utility specialist finds that the problem lies within private pipes, call in a professional plumber immediately. Only licensed plumbers are qualified to perform main water line repair works.

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Service Areas

Fulton County

  • Atlanta
  • Buckhead
  • Midtown
  • Sandy Springs
  • Ansley Park
  • Virginia-Highland
  • Alpharetta
  • Johns Creek
  • Roswell

Cobb County

  • Acworth
  • Kennesaw
  • Marietta
  • Powder Springs
  • Smyrna
  • Vinings

Dekalb County

  • Tucker
  • Dunwoody
  • Druid Hills
  • North Druid Hills
  • Brookhaven
  • Avondale Estates
  • Chamblee
  • Decatur
  • Clarkston
  • Doraville

Gwinnett County

  • Berkeley Lake
  • Duluth
  • Norcross
  • Peachtree Corners

Cherokee Cty

  • Holly Springs
  • Canton
  • Woodstock

Forsyth County

  • Cumming

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