Main waterline problems in your North Charleston South Carolina area home or business can be an aggravating problem. When issues arise, it can force you from your home or building and force immediate panic. When that happens, know that Absolute Plumbing & Boiler has the experience and expertise needed to repair or replace broken main waterlines as quickly and as professionally as possible.
When a main waterline breaks, there are no temporary solutions. You need special tools to close off the broken main water supply line and start replacing the affected water pipe. With decades of experience as a North Charleston plumber, Dan Moss can act fast and salvage your yard from as much water damage as possible. That’s why it is so vital that you contact a professional plumber immediately. The sooner you get someone to your home, the sooner you can get back to normal.
Most water supply lines to buildings are located underground where they will cause very little damage if a leak should occur. However, underground waterline repair can be a challenge as the lines are usually not very accessible. While some buildings will have easy access to a broken main line, most will require special tools to reach the leaking waterline.
While most people can make routine repairs around their home, only an experienced plumber can pinpoint the exact spot of the leak to dig and get access to the pipe quickly without disrupting your home any more than necessary. Tackling water main repairs by yourself is not advisable and could lead to further damage and disruption to your home.
Main Waterline Replacement
There are a few different ways in which Absolute Plumbing & Boiler can replace your main waterlines. You can opt for a trenched water supply line, or a trenchless waterline replacement depending on the circumstances. Absolute Plumbing & Boiler can advise you on the best approach to replace the main water line.
Trenching for Waterline
When a water main line is trenched, that simply means the waterline rests in a narrow trench that’s dug in your yard. This option tends to be slightly more expensive than a trenchless waterline replacement, and your landscaping will certainly suffer the consequences: you can expect quite a bit of disruption to your lawn and possibly driveway when it comes time to replace a trenched waterline.
Trenchless Waterline Replacement
As the name implies, a trenchless main waterline replacement is one that’s inserted through the old waterline with minimal disruption to your lawn. Typically, there will be a beginning point and an endpoint, and a new main waterline will be run through the existing path that’s created between those two access points. Trenchless waterline replacement can lower your water main repair cost significantly.
What Causes Waterlines to Leak?
While some breaks in waterlines are due to poor installation, most of the time the cause is simple age and failure. As the pipes in your waterlines age, they start to crack or leak. Some joints will grow loose and eventually water will leak through, spreading and causing a wet spot in your yard.
This can be as simple as a leak between two joints or a full-blown crack in your pipe allowing water to pour into your yard. Sometimes a repair can be done with patches and replacement of key joints, but when the waterline fully breaks, you may need a completely new water main supply pipe installed. This is especially true if your home is still using old copper or plastic pipes that are prone to breaking with age.
Symptoms of Main Waterline Leak
Symptoms of a leaky or even broken main waterline include decreased pressure in your home, water or wet spots in your yard, excess water bills, or complaints from your neighbors. If you notice any of these issues, contact Absolute Plumbing and Boiler immediately to take a closer look at your water supply lines.