Every home’s plumbing system connects to the public water and sewer system through the main water line. Over time, the main water line may show signs it needs serious repair.
1. The water bill has spiked.
It’s normal to see a spike in water usage during the summer, especially if you have a pool or need to water the lawn more than usual. However, if the spike seems unusual or without cause, then you may have a leak in the main water line.
2. Plumbing pipes are making strange noises.
Plumbing pipes should run smoothly and fairly quietly. If you hear gurgling in the sink when you flush the toilet, or strange noises from the pipes in your wall, this may be a sign of a systemic plumbing issue.
3. There are sinkholes or cracks in the foundation.
This is a serious sign that should be handled right away. A leaking main water line could cause sinkholes or cracks in the foundation that could impact the entire home, damaging the structure and causing erosion of the landscape.
4. Faucets around the home have low water pressure.
A clogged water line may cause low water pressure. Clogs may be caused by household waste and tree root overgrowth, putting pressure on pipes and creating cracks. If this sign is ignored, you may end up with a full break in the line.
5. The water is murky.
Though cloudy water may be caused by a problem with a plumbing fixture or water heater tank, disintegrating or damaged pipes may also lead to this issue.
How to Shut Off The Water Main
In case of a plumbing emergency, it’s important to know where the shutoff valve is located and how to turn off all water flow to the home’s plumbing system. The water main is located by the home’s water meter and can range in size from ½” to 1 ½” in diameter. You may need to turn off the water to prevent flooding, water damage, and water waste from entering the home.
If the main shutoff valve is malfunctioning, give Blue Apple Electric a call for repair.