Water mains are underground pipes that carry fresh water from the reservoirs and pumping stations to your street and into your home. If there is a rupture, and because the water main is under pressure, water will continue to flow until the break is controlled. Broken water mains have been known to flood homes with water, mud and debris and cause sidewalks to crumble. That is why it is in your best interest to keep a close eye on the health and functionality of your home’s water lines and take care of problems early to avoid a disaster. We service Vancouver, Burnaby, Tri-Cities, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
The age of your piping system and natural wear and tear: The average life span of a water main is between 40 and 50 years, some may last a longer and some may leak earlier.
Temperature, and Shifting of Soil: Ground temperature and water temperature can contribute to water main breaks. As soil settles and moves due to freezing temperature and saturation of water, the water line can shift causing cracks and breakage.
Pressure Changes in the System: sudden changes in pressure can cause main breaks. This usually occurs at points where there is a pre-existing weakness in the pipe. Overall system demands, such as very hot, dry days with high water use, can also cause changes in pressure that lead to main breaks.
Pipe Material and Soil Conditions: The material that pipes are made from can contribute to main breaks if the material is in soil conditions that cause the material to corrode or crumble. Copper piping is prone to these issues.
The most common sign of a water leak is observing a stream of water. The stream of water may become apparent through the foundation wall, showing up on your property or in the roadway. Water always finds its way towards the weakest point in the ground and it is possible that the leak is from a neighboring house. You should always call a licensed plumber to confirm the source of the leak.
Another common sign is a rumbling or hissing noise coming from the water main at the point of where the pipe enters the house. If the water is not being used in the home, that noise is a strong indication that water is exiting the pipe at some point in-between the house, and the city water main connection.
The third most common sign is if you have experienced a loss of water pressure. Older water main lines tend to be made of galvanized pipes that are over time prone to damage and build-up of mineral deposits and rust. (Note: Not every water main leak may lead to a loss of water pressure however; this is a possibility and should always be investigated by a licensed plumber).
Increased water usage is often a sign that is overlooked. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the water usage in your home to see if there is a sudden rise as this could be one of the first indications of a leak that has gone unchecked.
When planning a major renovation many homeowners do not factor in building codes and the additional time and costs that are associated to major upgrades and additions. In many instances, the water pipe coming into your home will need to be changed to accommodate additional water sources in your home in order to meet currant building standards. This will change the scope of work and should be discussed with your contractor before work begins.
Especially in Older Homes it is a Good Idea to Have Your Water Main Inspected Annually.
Even if your system seems to be working fine, an experienced plumber may catch minor problems or leaks early before they can cause extensive damage. A proactive approach may be the best option in this case, as an equal or larger part of the cost of a repair is often fixing the damage caused by a larger rupture. It is also good to remember that repairing your pipe on two separate occasions will end up costing you more that simply replacing the entire water main.
At DJ Plumbing & Heating we understand that having issues with the supply of water to your home can be a stressful not to mention an expensive problem to fix. We will try to make it easier for you!
The most important factor to consider when choosing a company to tackle a job of this nature is whether the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured to work in your municipality. We have got you covered! We are up-to-date with currant building codes and strive to give our customers the information needed when deciding to repair, replace and service the main water systems entering their home or business. Give us a call today, 778-227-1119 or send us a note, firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to discuss what options are available that are best suited to fit your needs and budget.