All parts of the plumbing in your house are important, but some are more important than others. One of the most vital of all plumbing system components is the water line. Without this pipeline, you wouldn’t have any fresh water in your house, and many daily tasks would be difficult or fully impossible.
Even though the water line is essential for your day-to-day life, you probably haven’t given it much thought. To help keep this line in the best condition possible, here are a few questions to ask yourself.
“How old is the water line?”
According to a number of government reports, around half the water lines in the country are in poor shape because of their advanced age. A water line that is approaching 50 years has a high chance of breaking. Check on the age of your water line so you have a good idea whether it needs professional attention—or even a replacement.
“Are there any signs of issues with the water line?”
You may be ignoring indications of a damaged water line without realizing it. These can be small signs, such as a minor decrease in water pressure, faucets that sputter, or damp spots on the lawn or garden that aren’t due to rain or sprinklers. Don’t let these warnings go without the attention of a professional plumber!
“What material are the pipes made from?”
Older pipes are often constructed from clay or steel, and these materials deteriorate over time. If your home was constructed prior to 1980, you may have outdated water line material, and it’s a wise idea to have the pipe replaced. (This also applies to your sewer line.)
“Are there trees near the line that might damage it?”
Tree roots are a major threat to a water line, since the roots will tend to grow toward the line and eventually infiltrate it. If you have trees growing close to the water line, be on the lookout for any indication of line blockage or breakage.
Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. offers services for water lines in Orlando and Winter Springs, FL. We’ve served Central Florida since 1975.