Water line repairs and replacement
The pipes that bring in water from the main line, also referred to as the water main, to the home may be one of the most neglected parts of the property since they are most of the time hidden from the view of people. They only take center stage whenever there is trouble in the water supply such as high monthly bills, low water pressure or more obviously a puddle build up at the front yard or any part of the house for that matter.
Leaks bring huge headaches since they can be messy and uncontrollable if not handled properly. Water supply companies cannot take responsibility on the water lines that runs to the house from the main line down the street, except the owner. Worse, water line repairs could be very expensive, which normally ranges anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000. However, it could cost more if the pipes to be repaired have to be dug under concrete pavements or structures, or thick vegetation.
No one can really guarantee that a well planned installation would be leak-free forever. Pipes, parts and accessories of all types are subject to corrosion or damage caused by accidents. However, problems can be reduced if there is proper plumbing from the start, and regular maintenance work is done after. This should include water line video inspections.
Since the water lines are delicate installations, owners should always keep in mind that what is hidden behind walls or underground are equally important fixtures of a structure as they supply a basic need of a household – water. If not skilled, construction experts advise owners to hire a licensed plumber to do the water line repairs and maintenance work. They could advise owners about the best material or brand in the market that could meet their specific needs. They could detect impending and current problems within the network of pipes especially those that are hidden from sight.
To ensure that owners would not be caught by surprise water line repairs and maintenance should always have an allocation in the monthly budget. It is also best that they keep some pipes and other minor parts in their tool rooms just to ensure that replacement could be done immediately.
While minor repairs such as faucet stopper replacements could be taken cared off by the owner, it is best to maintain a family handyman or contractor who knows the pipes in the household. Aside from his expertise, his knowledge about the history of the household water line could greatly help solve future problems.