Your main water line is integral to your entire home’s plumbing system. So, when there’s a problem, you need an expert that can diagnose the problem quickly and repair it to restore service.
Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is a locally owned and operated plumbing contractor serving homeowners throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties for over two decades. People continue to trust us for main water line repair because of our years of experience and commitment to providing top-rated customer service.
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Santa Maria Main Water Line Repair
An essential part of the plumbing system, water lines deliver on-demand water to faucets, toilets, showers, baths, washing machines, dishwashers, and other household appliances that require water to operate.
The water pipe or water line that carries the pressurized fresh water is frequently made of steel, copper, plastic, or cast iron. Utilizing the network of high-pressure water pipes, fresh, clean water is brought to residential and commercial properties for drinking, cooking, washing, and bathing.
Typically supplied by a public water utility, your water use is measured by a water meter located on your property. Your local water utility will filter, treat, and store potable water that is safe to drink until it’s pumped through underground pipes to the faucets of your home or business.
Signs You Need Main Water Line Repair
Now that you know how essential your main water line is to your safe drinking water and home’s plumbing, it’s wise to be aware of problems affecting water quality and performance.
The first things we’ll look at are the common causes of water line damage. Because these pipes are buried underground, they’re susceptible to wear and tear and other issues impacting their performance or reducing their lifespan.
- Pipe corrosion
- Old age
- Tree root invasion
- Poor installation
- Shifting soil
- Sediment buildup
- Mineral deposits from hard water
These problems often go undetected for years, and it’s only when homeowners experience the symptoms of damage that they realize there’s a problem.
Common Water Line Problems
Because these pipes are buried, it’s challenging to know when something is wrong, but here are a few clues that warrant calling a professional plumber to investigate.
Noisy pipes might not seem like a huge problem, but they could indicate significant damage to your main water line. In most cases, air gets into the line, creating banging noises and vibrations in your plumbing. The presence of air in your pipes could mean there’s a leak in the system.
Low Water Pressure
If you experience low water pressure throughout the house, there could be a leak or clog in your main water line.
If there’s damage to the main water line, such as a leak, debris can get into the pipe and eventually to your home, causing your water to become cloudy or dirty.
Sometimes, your water line can leak for months without your knowledge. But one symptom is foundation cracks. Because your foundation is made from concrete, which is porous, it absorbs water like a sponge, leading to cracks. If you notice foundation cracks, it’s crucial that you call a plumber as soon as possible to prevent irreparable damage.
When your main water line leaks, the water has nowhere to go but up, so you may notice puddles or overly soggy patches on your lawn.
The best defense against main water line damage is by calling a professional plumber for an annual inspection to ensure the system is running optimally and detect minor issues that can lead to significant damage.
When you have a stubborn clog, call Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our hydro-jetting service.
Is Your Drinking Water Safe?
With all of the news lately about contaminated drinking water in certain parts of the country, it’s natural to wonder how safe your drinking water is. The State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water states that lead in service lines like those used in Flint, MI, and other country areas aren’t typical in California. With that being said, some lead could be present in older homes. Homes with plumbing installed before 1986 could have used lead solder.
Flint Michigan Water Crisis
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Maximum EPA allowance
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Water quality tests of 271 Flint homes in August 2015 found that their drinking water contained more than 133 times the maximum amount allowed by the EPA.
California water agencies perform lead safety tests regularly to comply with both the state and federal laws. Our California water agencies also utilize corrosion control measures that prevent any lead that might be present from getting into our tap water. Water safety tests show California’s water to be well below the maximum allowed levels of lead.
If you’re concerned about water quality and your family’s safety, call the experts at Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.
Jerry’s is Here For You
When you have a water line emergency, it’s essential to call the professionals at Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning. With decades of experience, we have been serving Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County locals with all their plumbing needs. We understand the urgency of having clean water to drink and having the ability to shut it off in an emergency. If water is flowing from your main water line into your home, business, or yard, it’s important to know how to shut off the main water valve until help can arrive. This will cut off your entire water supply, allowing you to identify where the problem exists and call for help. Each property is different, and it’s important to know exactly where the shutoff valve exists.
If you know where the problem exists, you can shut off the water closest to the problem source without affecting the entire property’s water. Each plumbing appliance within your home or business should have its own independent shutoff. Your toilet has a knob close to the wall that can be turned to shut off the water. Sinks will have two flexible metal sets of tubing under the cabinet that can be turned to shut off. Always twist the knob to the right to shut off the water supply completely.