Your water line is your home’s primary source of potable water. It connects you to the municipal water supply and flows to your sinks, toilets, showers, and appliances like your water heater and washing machine.
Plumbing leaks can happen anywhere throughout your home. You may not even know you have a leak until there’s suddenly mold on the walls, the floors have warped, or a section of your lawn has become suspiciously lush. By then, your home might have suffered thousands of dollars worth of water damage.
Water line damage is a major concern that should be addressed immediately. Whether the source of your water leak is inside the home or hidden underground, Mainstream’s team of expert plumbers is available and ready to help with 5-star leak repair services.
How to Spot Water Line Damage
When exposed to the elements over time, your home’s water line is subject to natural wear and tear. You are responsible for the upkeep of water lines on your property, so it’s important to maintain your plumbing system and anticipate repairs when needed.
Common causes of plumbing leaks include:
High water pressure
Improper plumbing installation
Old pipe materials
Since most of your pipes are hidden out of sight behind walls or underground, you need to keep an eye out for subtle signs that can appear as a result of water line damage.
Signs of a Leaky Water Line
Unexplained Water Puddles
The most obvious sign of a water leak is water where you don’t expect it. You might notice soggy sections of carpet, random puddles on hard floors, or excess water on part of your lawn. Puddles in areas without a nearby water source can indicate a more severe leak than puddles by a sink or toilet.
Drastic Changes in Water Pressure
If you notice the water pressure suddenly drop, check all the sinks and showers throughout your home. If there’s low or no water pressure everywhere, you may have a major leak and should shut off the water supply.
A Sudden Spike in Your Water Bill
Most households use roughly the same amount of water each month. A dramatic increase in your monthly bill, when your routine hasn’t changed, is a more subtle sign that it’s time to call a plumber.
Water Spots and Mold
Water soaking in your walls or ceilings may create discolored water spots, grow mold, and develop a bad smell.
If you’ve got a hidden slab leak, that water has to go somewhere. Excess water underground can crack the foundation, warp your floors, and cause the ground to shift underneath your property.
Discolored, Rusty Water
Rusty, smelly water is a sign that your pipes are deteriorating and must be replaced. Older plumbing systems are more susceptible to failure from corrosion due to long-term exposure to water, mineral buildup, and acidic particles that break down pipe materials.
Sounds of Running Water
Water leaks can hiss, bubble, or flow behind your walls. If you hear these sounds when you aren’t running water on purpose, there is probably a leak.
Don’t hesitate to call Mainstream if you notice these signs of water line damage. Even small pinhole leaks can become gushing leaks if not properly addressed and repaired, so it’s important to treat every case seriously.
When in doubt, shut off your water supply and consult a licensed plumber. For urgent cases, Mainstream even offers emergency services so your issue can be seen that same day as soon as possible.
Types of Plumbing Leaks
Chances are you’ve heard of some specific terms for various leaks, such as pinhole leaks or slab leaks. Here is a quick overview of those terms and what they mean.
Pinhole leaks are very tiny holes in your pipes that slowly lose water over time. This type of leak typically develops from corrosion. Water that is too hard or too soft can accelerate this process because hard water rich in minerals will build up and break down pipes, and naturally soft water pulls minerals from your pipes and wears it down from the inside out.
Slab leaks refer to water leaks under your foundation. These leaks can go days or weeks without being noticed, and the resulting damage can be expensive to repair. Slab leaks often happen when old pipes have worn down due to decades of use. To avoid slab leaks, routine plumbing inspections will help you keep track of the health of your water line and make repairs before they completely fail.
Burst pipes are exactly what they sound like – gushing water from pipes that can very quickly cause major water damage and put your safety at risk. Burst pipes most often happen as a result of freezing temperatures. Water expands when turned to ice, so the additional pressure can build up and rupture your water line if left frozen for too long.
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A compromised water line affects the well-being of your entire house, not to mention those who call it home. Protect your home with regular plumbing maintenance, and call Mainstream the moment you discover a water leak!
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