Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.
If your home is connected to a city/municipal water supply, there is likely a water main that hooks up your home's plumbing to the city's main water and sewage line. Unfortunately, damage to your water main connection can gradually occur over time and lead to cracks, leaks, and other plumbing issues. And when a water main leak occurs (especially a smaller one), it's not always obvious. This is why it's so important to be on the lookout for signs of even the smallest water main leaks as a homeowner, so you can have them repaired as soon as possible.
1. Pooling Water in Your Yard or Street
If you notice water from an unidentified source pooling in a particular area of your property or in the street near your property, this could be a sign of an underlying leak. This is especially true if the water is pooling in a location where you know the water main connects to the city line.
2. Suddenly Elevated Water Bills
Have your water bills suddenly been on the rise, even though you haven't been using any more water around the house? If so, you could have an undetected leak in your water main causing your water usage to skyrocket. On the other hand, there could also be a hidden plumbing leak happening somewhere else in your home that is responsible for the elevated bills.
3. Unexplained Low Water Pressure
When you have a significant water main leak, this will likely begin to affect the rest of your water supply. As a result, you may find that you have low water pressure in your sinks and shower heads. If you've suddenly noticed a drop in water pressure, it may be worth having a home plumbing inspection done to check for a leak.
4. Home Foundation/Structural Issues
Over time, water from a water main leak can seep into the foundation of your home, leading to cracks and structural problems if left without repair. If you've recently discovered foundation problems or structural issues with your home -- especially those related to water damage or moisture -- a leaky water main could be to blame.
Dealing with a water main leak on your property can be a huge hassle, but the earlier you're able to detect these kinds of plumbing problems, the more quickly you can have them repaired. From there, you can reduce the damage to your home and property by having repairs done promptly.
For more information, contact your local water main repair experts.