Visible signs of a broken water line
- Wet spots or flooding in yard: Unexplained water flow coming up through cracks in the sidewalk and pavement is an obvious sign that a pipe is likely burst. In the grass itself, an area that unusually lush or mossy with dryer areas surrounding it is another common sign.
- Sudden drop in water pressure: An early sign of a leak in the water line occurs when you rapidly lose water pressure and are experiencing weak water flow from sinks, showers, etc.
- Dirty water: When there are leaks or burst pipes in the water line, soil and dirt may enter underground and appear in your glass of water filled from the kitchen sink. If you notice a reddish-brown color, or the water has a strange taste to it, stop drinking it and call a plumber right away.
Common causes of water line damage
Tree roots invading pipes: Just like any other plant in your yard, trees are constantly looking for water. Because roots are naturally attracted to moisture, your pipes can fall victim to invasive tree roots that eventually apply enough pressure over time and break pipes.
Outdated plumbing: Depending on when your pipes were build will help determine what material they are made of and how old the plumbing system really is. Older homes tend to have pipes that are made of inadequate materials such as steel, tile or even clay. Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid water line repairs down the line, especially if living in an older home with outdated pipes.
Clay soil damage: Some soils cause more damage to pipes than others. Clay soil is especially destructive as it its minerals swell to a large size when exposed to moisture, which can wreak havoc on your pipes. Test your soil for high chloride levels to determine if you need to adjust your soil’s pH to prevent repairs in the future.
Contact Oregon or Washington plumbers
Are you looking for a plumber around the Vancouver or Portland areas to repair or replace your water line? You can count on the professionals at Simpson Plumbing to get the job done right so you can your family can resume daily life with clean water at home.