Brooks Plumbing Co. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Water Lines’

Do You Have a Leak in Your Water Main?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The water main supplies clean potable water to your household plumbing system from Olympia, WA’s civic lines. As such it remains one of the most important plumbing components in your home. Leaks are uncommon, since the water main is usually buried beneath the ground, but time and corrosion do take their toll, as do things like tree roots, which can wrap around the pipe in search of water. That makes a leak in your water main hard to spot. But if you can, it gives you an early jump on the issue, allowing you to summon a qualified plumber to handle the problem for you. Here’s a short list of ways to spot a leak in your water main.

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3 Signs that Your Water Line is in Trouble

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Your water line is the main artery between the civic line in Olympia, WA and your home, providing you with safe, clean water for drinking, cleaning and bathing. Because it’s buried underground in most cases, it can be tough to notice – or deal with – when it encounters problems. The good news is that trained plumbers know how to replace a damaged water line much more efficiently and inexpensively than they used to. The better news is that you can spot the signs that your water line is in trouble, even if you can’t see the line itself. Here are 3 of them for you to keep in mind.

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Signs that You Need to Replace Your Water Line

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Since the advent of copper pipes in the mid-twentieth century as the primary plumbing material, the life expectancy for plumbing systems has increased to almost 100 years. This newfound resilience has been a great gift to homeowners, who don’t have to worry about their pipes rusting out from under them anymore.

Copper pipes are not immune to all damage, however, and there are still plenty of older homes that don’t use copper pipes. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need to replace your water line.

Discolored Water

Common in homes with iron, steel, or lead pipes. If you notice red or brown water coming out of your faucets, it’s a sign of advanced oxidization somewhere in your plumbing system. Rust that is this advanced is dangerous, because it increases the chance that a pipe will rupture. If you see discoloration in your water, call a plumber right away. Honestly, if you know that you have an older pipe system, especially if it’s lead, you should probably replace your pipes anyway.

Loss of Water Pressure

A loss of water pressure can be caused by a number of plumbing issues, one of which is a leak or blockage in your home’s water line. Obviously, neither of those things is good for the health of your system. Depending on the size of the leak (or blockage) it may be possible to repair the issue without replacing the line. However, it is often less expensive to simply replace the water line.

Visible Corrosion

While most of your home’s plumbing is installed out of sight, there are many homes that have water lines that are at least partially visible. If you have any part of your plumbing system that can be visually inspected, make a habit of doing so at least once a year. You’ll want to look for any signs of corrosion, which often manifests as a white, chalky substance on the pipes. Depending on how widespread the corrosion is, you may have to replace the water line. Copper pipes are vulnerable to this condition, so be sure not to skip checking them as well.

If you think you may need to replace your water line, call Brooks Plumbing. We provide plumbing repair throughout Tumwater.

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