Water Main Repair Cost

The average cost of a water main repair following a rupture ranges between $800 and $1,100. The cost can vary greatly based on the severity of the damage and the location of the repair since 

Water Main Replacment Cost

The average cost to replace your water main line is around $2,500. This is of course depending on the location of your water main and the length of pipe being replaced. If your water main line is far away from your home, then you should expect the cost of your replacement to be closer to $5,000

Homeowners insurance may help cover damage if the leak is sudden and accidental. However, homeowners insurance does not cover damage resulting from poor maintenance.

Who is responsible for a water main break?

Many property owners are unaware that they own the pipes—called private service lines or laterals—that bring water into their homes and carry wastewater away. If service pipelines clog, leak or break, it is the property owner’s responsibility to contact a plumber and pay for repairs.

Your local government  is responsible for maintaining the public parts of the water and wastewater systems, including the larger “main” pipelines.

Signs you need a new Water Main

Unless you’re building a brand new home, you should have a water line in place. Luckily, if you’ve been questioning the quality of the line, there are a few signs that should put you over the top. Before reviewing all signals, just know that some can be repaired. 

  1. Higher Water Bills: Water is one of the many utility bills we pay monthly. Keep a close eye on your bill. If it rapidly goes up, chances are, your main line is broken or leaking. If it’s a leak, a plumber may be able to patch it up. If it’s a big leak or a more serious problem, replacement is necessary.
  2. Flooding in Yard: Unless it heavily rained recently, there should not be any puddles in or around your yard. If you see soggy spots around your yard, you could have a water main break. Even if it’s not broken, your water main needs attention.
  3. Low Water Pressure: Along with slow Internet, low water pressure is one of the most frustrating aspects of owning a home. Numerous culprits can cause low water pressure, but a common one is a leaky water main. If water can’t get to your home, your water pressure will suffer.
  4. Water Discoloration: Obviously enough, if brown water starts coming through your pipes, you have an issue. Poor piping, corrosion or soil entering your water main through cracks can all cause this discoloration. If the water is dirty enough, you may need a new water heater.

How would I find a water main leak?

  1. Locate your home’s main shut off valve and shut off the water at the valve. Typically, you will find the shut off valve in the basement or garage directly behind an outdoor faucet, or outside below an outdoor faucet.
  2. Again, check the leak indicator for movement or use the meter reading method, making sure not to use any water during this period. If the leak indicator stops moving or there is no change in the meter readings, then you have a leak inside of the house. If the leak indicator continues to move or there is a change in the meter readings, then the leak is outside between the meter and the house.
  3. If you are unable to locate the leak, you may need to call a plumber.

Water Line Repair Cost Factors include pipe material, access, depth, city, permits, and labor.

Because water main repair costs can be a bit high, we always offer free estimates on water main and sewer repairs. 
Check out Spotsylvania Utilities here http://www.spotsylvania.va.us/departments/utilities

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