Signs that You Need to Replace Your Water Line

Water lines are placed under an enormous amount of strain on a daily basis. After all, water is an extremely powerful erosive agent, and the average home uses many gallons of water a day. Despite the constant wear that water puts home plumbing under, most modern homes are equipped with corrosion-resistant copper piping. This enables water lines to last a very long time, even up to a century. However, time or unusual circumstances will eventually corrode your water line to the point that it needs to be replaced. Read on for some of the most common signs that you need to replace your water line.

Loss of Water Pressure

Loss of water pressure could actually result from any number of issues with your plumbing. It’s possible that you have a clog in your pipes, or that there’s an air bubble in the line. However, the most common reason for a loss of water pressure is usually a leak in the pipes. If the leak becomes bad enough, the pipe could rupture, causing severe water damage and leading to a complete loss of water flow. If you notice a sudden loss in water pressure, or a gradual loss that escalates over time, you should have a professional examine your water line.

Discolored Water

Occasional discoloration can be the result of turning your water supply off and on again, as with municipal work on the water supply lines. However, that kind of discoloration usually only lasts for a few seconds after turning the water back on. If you are experiencing discoloration that is more consistent, then it is a sign of advanced degradation of one or more of your pipes. Have a professional inspect your plumbing system to see if you need your pipes replaced.

Visible Corrosion

Though most of your water line is likely located out of sight, there are likely at least a few parts that are visible from an easy-to-reach location. Make a habit of inspecting these visible pipes at least once a year. If you notice any rust or corrosion, call a professional right away. Vigilance and quick reactions are the key to limiting the damage that corroded pipes can cause.

If you think you may need to replace your water line, call Service King and schedule an appointment. We provide professional plumbing services in the Bartlett, IL area.

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