Homeowners in Minnesota receive their water supply from a main water line that connects to the municipal water supply or a private well. Usually installed below ground on your property, these pipes are tough and last for many years. It is, however, possible for damage to occur to the line, resulting in leaks and other plumbing problems.
Water lines underground become more susceptible to damage as they age due to changes in internal or environmental conditions. A number of factors can cause damage to this main line, including changes in the ground and changes in water pressure. Damaged underground pipes can lead to high water prices, low water pressure, and water that is discolored or discolored in another way that warns you of a leak.
We recommend you contact us immediately if you suspect a water line needs to be repaired. In the event that a water line issue grows out of control, our licensed plumbers can assist you with a variety of plumbing services, including emergency water line repair.
How a Water Line Sustains Damage
Despite being below ground, the water line running into your home is vulnerable to both internal and external conditions. It is possible for the water main line to be damaged by:
- High internal water pressure
- Internal mineral buildup
- Pest damage
- Wear and tear
- Tree root penetrations
- Ground freezing and thawing
- Soil disruptions
These conditions can cause damage including:
- Broken pipes
- Cracked pipes
- Corroded pipes
- Mineral deposits
- Leaking water valves
Signs You Need Water Line Repairs
The components of underground plumbing systems are frequently damaged without being detected. If the main water line is damaged, significant amounts of water can be wasted before the problem is discovered.
If a water main leak occurs on your property, it’s important for you to be aware of the symptoms that could occur. If you notice any of these signs, contact us right away – we can perform quick and effective line repair services to prevent additional plumbing problems.
- Low water pressure that affects the entire home
- Discolored water, which could be caused by infiltration of the water line
- Water pipes make a vibrating noise when no water is running
- New cracks in the home’s foundation
- Mold and mildew growing on the home’s bottom levels
- Surprise high water bills with no clear explanation
- Puddles on the lawn
- Puddles or water spots on carpets and subfloors indoors
- Bubbling water leak at the street
Water line services should be requested immediately if you notice the symptoms above. Contact MB Services today to have these issues addressed and to restore your home’s clean water supply.
Should I Repair or Replace My Water Line?
If your home needs water line installation services, then a line repair may not be enough. Speak to your plumber for recommendations about the best water line repair options that are beneficial to your home by evaluating the following points.
- You should replace the entire water line rather than just a small section if the existing water line is composed of materials that can’t be repaired. The out-of-date materials will likely lead to further problems in the future.
- For a piping repair involving an old water line, it’s probably a good idea to replace one that’s at least 50 years old. There are usually more issues near the end of a product’s life cycle, and as such, it’s likely to happen repeatedly.
- Once you’ve repaired several water lines, it’s time to trade up and replace the pipe. Fix water line problems once and they won’t recur.
- If the cost of repairing a water line is half that of replacing it, many homeowners believe that money is better spent on installing a new pipeline that will last longer and will have fewer plumbing problems.
Water Line Repair Services
In order to find out what the problem is at hand, we conduct a video inspection of the water pipe when we arrive to assist a customer with water line leaks. A specialized camera allows us to visually travel along the line and find the point of damage. We also inspect the pipe’s interior to determine if there is any need for other repairs.
Generally, water line breaks are repaired by patching the broken piece of pipe or by installing a brand new line for water supply to the home. In contrast to traditional water pipe replacement methods that involve excavating the old line for replacement, trenchless technology allows any water line repair to be accomplished with minimal disruption.
Trenchless repairs involve applying a lining to the pipe’s interior to fix a damaged pipe. To patch the area, the lining seals up any cracks and creates a new, full pipe section within the old section. As a result, the finished section has a slightly smaller diameter than the original water line, but this has no effect on performance.
In addition to replacing water lines with trenchless methods, new sewer lines are also installed this way. Through the use of trenchless technology, a new water line can be fed along the original path while the old one is removed simultaneously.
Trenchless repair services are preferred by many homeowners over traditional excavation methods. The process of trenchless pipe repair and replacement is quicker, less invasive, and less expensive.
Benefits of Trenchless Water Line Repairs
- Using trenchless methods, repair water line damage within a day or two. This is much faster than the time required to perform excavation repairs.
- With excavation, your yard and property must be dug up. Trenchless methods, however, don’t require that level of destruction – in fact, they barely bother your yard at all!
- There’s no need for heavy digging equipment when trenchless repairs are made, lessening the cost of the repair process.
- The pipe repairing solutions installed by trenchless repair and replacement are highly durable and long lasting, more so than piping installed through excavation.
M&B Services offers a variety of options for underground water line repair and replacement. Our modern plumbing methods make water pipe repairs quick and easy!