Water line problems can lead to expensive property damage, such as foundational 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 aren’t sure how to tell if you might 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 a water line leak.
- 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—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.
A properly functioning water line is an indispensable part of every home or business. If there is an issue with your water supply system, a qualified plumber will recommend the best repair options, 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.
To schedule same day main water line repair or replacement, call 404-989-2110. We offer free consultations.
Trenchless Water Line Repair 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 dig-free method 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 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 to the main plumbing system. This process maintains the same diameter as the old pipe or is one size larger.
Water Pipe Lining
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. Using a 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.
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 on 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 Atlanta plumber from Zippy Plumber immediately. Only licensed plumbers are qualified to perform main water line repair work.
For same-day water line repair appointments done by professional, licensed plumbers, call 404-989-2110 or submit a message through our online form.