If you had a problem with your main water line, would you know it?
Possibly not, since it’s buried underneath your home. Another place that can give you any indication of a main water line problem is possibly in the worst place:
Your water bill.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to find out, if you know what to look for. In this post, we’ll go over a few symptoms of water line problems that can help you save hundreds of dollars in the long-run.
Puddles or Streams of Water
This is the most obvious symptom of them all, but it definitely needs to be mentioned. If you see water appearing in places it shouldn’t be, it’s a possible indication that your main water line is leaking. We say “possibly” because it’s not unlikely that it could actually be your neighbor’s water line, instead. To know for sure, you’d need to call a plumber in Rio Rancho, NM.
These streams of water can spring up from under the foundation of your home, inside or outside the house, and can cause damage to your flooring and walls. When this happens, it’s called a slab leak, and it will compound the problem further if not taken care of immediately.
Low Water Pressure
Is the water struggling to pour out of your faucets? First, make sure the problem isn’t localized entirely to one appliance. If you find that low water pressure is a plague through your entire home, it’s a good indication that the problem is coming from the water line.
Water pressure problems can arise from pipes that have become too clogged with mineral deposits. This is especially common in New Mexico, where hard water is extremely prevalent. With video a pipe inspection, a professional can find the problem for you and replace the pipe without having to dig up your entire main water line.
However, the problem may also be due to a leak. Leaks to the water line often occur due to the weight of shifting soil. In some cases, hairline cracks in the water lane can release just enough water to attract tree roots. Once those tree roots take hold, it can bust the pipe.
Check the Water Meter
A common method for detecting leaks, that you can do without the help of a professional, is to check the water meter. If you’ve noticed spikes in your water bill or any of these other symptoms, checking the water meter is a good way to confirm that you have a problem on your hands.
First, turn off any appliances that are using water inside and outside the home. Next, find your water meter and look at the leak indicator. If it’s moving, it means that water is flowing. If you’ve properly turned off all the water-using appliances in your home, a moving water meter means there’s a leak somewhere.
If your main water line is having a problem, we can help you get it fixed ASAP. After all, why wait for service when you can get it express? Contact Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain today!