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If you find out that you have a leak in your water main it is important that you contact a water line repair company and get it fixed right away. A water line leak can quickly increase your water bills, make fresh water inaccessible within your home, and compromise the quality of your water. Unfortunately, if your water line is damaged there are not too many alternatives outside of the repair.
However, a water line repair is a large project, and it is not one that you want to first rush into. First of all, if you suspect that your water line needs to be repaired you need to consult with a professional plumber to ensure that you are right. There is always the chance that something else is wrong and you don’t want to go through the expensive repair to find out that it wasn’t necessary. In addition, you will need a professional repair company to come out because water line repair is not something that any homeowner should attempt on their own. Here are just a few more things you want to consider before beginning repairs in Midlothian, TX.
Be Wary of Red Flags
Most homeowners would rather repair a water line if they can, but sometimes complete replacement is the best choice. If a repair is just a band aid then you will be back in the same position soon enough and you don’t want to waste money on repairs that are not going to work. There are a few red flags that may indicate that water line repair is not going to be enough.
For instance, if your home is over five decades old and the water line has never been repaired then this is a good sign that you need to replace it. At this point, it is only a matter of time before the line fails completely, and getting ahead of that can save you a lot of future problems. Another red flag is if this is not your first problem with it. Homes that have been experiencing issues for the past several months or years will continue to until something major happens. Another repair is not going to be enough, it is probably time to make the leak and repair your water line.
Find Out If Trenchless Replacement Is an Option
If you do find out that water line repair is not an option and you have to replace your entire water main, you should find out if a trenchless replacement is an option. Depending on the layout of your home and piping system you may be able to get away with a trenchless replacement which will save your yard. Innovative plumbing tools allow plumbers to replace large areas of water line without digging a hole from the home to the street. Given how invasive the traditional strategy is, it is certainly worth inquiring about trenchless replacement.
Get the Facts Before Digging
Believe it or not, it is estimated that every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged. This is usually because the people digging do not properly map out utility lines before digging. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by finding out where your other utilities are before you lift a shovel. Of course, if you are working with a professional company they should do this, but you never know. If you have any questions always ask and contact the city for plans if necessary.
Don’t Attempt Water Line Replacement On Your Own
While on this subject, it is important to always hire a professional to handle your water line repair. It can be tempting to try to save money and do it yourself, because after all, how hard can it be to dig a hole and replace a hole? The answer is very hard if you don’t know what you are doing. Not only may you damage other utility lines or your sewer line, but you could get electrocuted or completely damage your yard and municipal property since the sidewalk does not belong to you. Usually, there are permits and other ordinances that need to be followed, so it is always best to let a professional handle the repair or replacement.
What to Expect During Water Line Repair
If you hire a professional company to handle your Midlothian, TX water line repair then you can expect them to take care of nearly every detail while you watch safely from a distance or inside your home. You don’t even actually have to be home, so if you prefer not to be that is fine too. The plumbing company will organize the permits and necessary permissions with the city you live in and obtain the correct documentation so that your utility lines will be affected.
They will then allow professional excavators to handle the process of removing dirt to access the damaged area. At that point, the company will likely either use copper, PVC, or PEC piping to replace the line. The type of materials used will heavily depend on what was there before and any city ordinances. The bottom line however is that you will not have to worry about a thing past paying the bill which is how most homeowners prefer to deal with plumbing projects.
If you are in need of water line repair or need your water line inspected to see if there is an issue or not, give Bahama Plumbing a call. We are a family-owned company that has served the Midlothian region for over 40 years and would be happy to help you with any plumbing issue.