The potable water that your family uses daily for drinking and bathing enters your home through a main water line. Although most people rarely consider their main water line, a malfunction in the pipe can leave you with no water or a contaminated water supply.
Still, if your water line is damaged, you may not recognize the signs that the line needs to be repaired or replaced. Here are a few indications that your main water line needs expert attention.
A Yard Filled With Puddles
If it has not rained lately, your lawn should not be soggy, and there should be no puddles in your yard. However, if your water line is leaking due to a crack, the excess water can saturate your soil, leaving you with small pools of standing water.
If no puddles exist but the portion of the lawn that lies directly above your main water line is exceptionally plush and green, there is still cause for concern. The compromised area of the pipe may not be large enough to cause puddling, but it may still be leaking.
Brown or Gray Water
The brief appearance of a bit of rust from your pipes may not be a cause for concern. However, if your water is consistently brown or gray in color, the water may be contaminated with dirt that has entered your main water line through a compromise in the piping.
Reduced Water Pressure
If the water pressure in your home has declined significantly, your main water line could have a blockage or crack. Blockages and cracks are sometimes caused by invasive roots from the vegetation in your yard.
Cracks in the Foundation of Your Home
An increase in the moisture levels around the foundation of your home can cause cracks to develop as the concrete of the foundation soaks up the water. The foundation damage can worsen over time, so it is best to have the issue investigated by a plumber before the repairs become more costly.
An Escalating Water Bill
If you have not been using more water but are seeing a notable increase in your water bill, you may have a cracked water line. The extra water that is indicated on your bill may be slowly spilling into the soil of your property.
If you suspect that the main water line of your home has incurred damage, contact the office of a plumbing contractor like Fayette Plumbing in your local area to schedule an onsite inspection.