Your main water and sewer lines are located a few feet below your front lawn – unless you have a septic tank, and they are responsible for connecting your home to public water and sewage systems. Broken water mains are an extremely rare occurrence that the average homeowner should not experience, or should only experience once. When a main line breaks, it can be an exceptionally stressful, confusing, and panic-inducing time for any homeowner or family. At Best Plumber Seattle, we are ready to help you and your family through the difficulty of a broken or leaking main water or sewer line. If you find yourself experiencing a broken sewer or water line, call our office today at (206) 201-0181. Here is some more in-depth information about what you might be experiencing, what you can expect, and how the repair process works:
Water Main Repair or Replacement:
There are a few signs that your main water line might be broken or leaking, but the most common sign to looking for is a clear stream of water. The stream could be found in a few places/ways. Three common spots where streams are found when there’s a leak or break are through a foundation wall, on your property, or in the roadway around your home. The most important thing you can do to prevent further damage, get the problem under control, and solved as quickly as possible is call a licensed plumber immediately. It is important to note that there are many sources from which water could be flowing, so the first step is getting a professional plumber to your home. At Best Plumber Seattle, we will answer your call right away at any hour of the day, and we will send a technician out immediately to confirm the source of your leak. Not all water leaks will be from a main water line, but all water leaks should be addressed as they can cause tremendous damage. In addition to an obvious stream of water, another common sign is a rumble or hiss coming from the main pipe’s point of entry into your home. The only time you should hear sound coming from your water main is when water is actively in use within your house. If water is not being used, but you still hear sounds, you should call a licensed plumber immediately as it could be a serious issue. Finally, the third sign you should watch out for that could indicate a leaky or broken pipe is a loss of water pressure. Although every break or leak might not cause a decrease in water pressure, it is definitely a possibility and we recommend calling Best Plumber Seattle today to asses the situation.
After discovering the source of your leak, we can determine the next repair steps with you. For a broken or leaking water main, the most common cause is often wear and tear. Water mains usually offer a lifespan of about 60 years, but that number is not set in stone. Besides natural wear and tear on the pipes, another common reason behind water main leaks and breaks is improper installation or misuse. If the pipe was not installed correctly, this will cause the pipe to leak or break from stress earlier than a pipe that was properly installed. Again, it is essential that you contact a licensed, trained, professional plumbing company when working with any plumbing repairs or installations.
Finally, there are three primary things we take into consideration when working with the repair or replacement of a broken/leaky water main. When deciding whether to repair or replace, we consider: the material, age, and previous repairs of the pipe. In most cases, we recommend replacing the pipe completely. Even though a main water pipe replacement is costly (one of the most costly plumbing repairs we work with), it is financially smarter in the long run. There is no guarantee that a repaired pipe will not leak again, and repairing the same pipe twice could cause more stress and cost your family more money down the road.
Sewer Pipe Repair or Replacement:
In general, a cast iron sewer pipe will have a lifespan of 25-35 years. Our professionals at Best Plumber Seattle recommend considering inspections of the pipes around 25 years, as they could already be experiencing failure or damage. Our primary goal when working with sewer lines is to avoid complete line failure, as a failed or collapsed line will cost you exceptionally more than repairs to a functioning line. There are a few telltale signs of a deteriorating or failing sewer line that you should be aware of. If you are experiencing any, multiple, or all of these, we recommend consulting a professional as soon as possible. For the best plumber in Seattle, call our office at (206) 201-0181. Here are some common signs that you might need a repair or replacement for your sewer line: regular backups or blockages in your toilet, sink, or bathtub, sewer gas odor in or around your home or building, mold growth (usually accompanied with a sewer odor), slow drains even after attempts to clear the line, and extra green patches in your yard (sewer leaks offer surrounding soil extra nutrients). There are many other indicators of a broken or damaged sewer line, and we recommend calling our office as soon as possible and having one of our trained technicians asses your home.
For plumbing issues, especially a broken sewer or water line, it is essential that you work with a reputable plumbing contractor. To see if a company is reputable and reliable, check whether or not they are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. A reliable business must go through a background check with the BBB, and they are reviewed annually. In addition, word of mouth is a great way to receive feedback about companies, especially plumbing. If a neighbor has experiencing a similar issue, we recommend talking to them about their experience. Overall, the most important factors when considering plumber repairs of any kind are: whether the contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured per your state’s requirements. For a water or sewer main repair or replacement, the contractor must be licensed to perform sub surface water main and sewer work.
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