3 Signs You Need A New Water Line

Posted on: 4 September 2018

Your water line is the primary plumbing line within your home, as it carries water from the municipal water main directly to all of the water fixtures, water-using appliances, and faucets throughout your property. However, like all parts of your plumbing system, your water line can degrade over time due to age and general wear and tear. Understanding some of the warning signs associated with a water line that has begun to fail can help you determine when you should get in touch with a plumber to replace yours before it poses any problems to your home.

1. Rust

The first and most common warning sign of water line wear and damage is if you notice that there is rust in the water throughout your home. Keep in mind that this will not affect a single faucet but will be spread throughout your entire plumbing system. Rust has an orange or brownish tint and may not be visible in your water supply constantly – only a small amount of rust may come off at a time, which means that you may only see a few orange flecks in the water. Rust is not healthy for you to drink, can be tough on your dishes and clothes and can make showering and cleaning harder by preventing soap from properly working.

2. Low Water Pressure

As rust and other contaminants within your water supply build up within the water line, you may notice that the water pressure throughout your home begins to drop. This will become especially prevalent if you have multiple water fixtures on at the same time: running a tap while taking a shower will cause a noticeable drop in the water pressure of both, for example.

3. Leaks

Finally, if rust is allowed to develop long enough, and if the water pressure in your home has dropped significantly, the issue may lie with an actual leak somewhere within your water line. Leaks can be hard to spot, especially since the water line tends to be in an out of the way area of your home, so contacting a professional plumber to inspect your system is the best course of action to determine whether or not you have a leak. If you do suspect that you have a leak in your water line, you should turn the water supply off by turning the water shutoff valve (usually located in the basement of your home) to prevent further water damage and higher utility bills.

For more information, contact your preferred 24-hour emergency plumber.