Plumbing is an essential part of your home. Unless you have an on-site well, chances are you get your water from a utility company. Builders put service lines into the ground at the time of construction. The service line runs from the water main line to your house through these pipes. Sometimes the lines need repairing.
Below are some frequently asked questions related to your water service.
Why Would the Water Pressure Decrease?
Several issues could be responsible if you experience a decrease in water pressure. A small issue is that your supply line might have accidentally been turned lower. If only the hot water is affected, the problem may be with your water heater. A more serious issue might be that you have a leak or blockage somewhere along the waterline, which requires professional repair.
Why Don't You Have any Water?
Perhaps you turn your faucet on and notice you have no water at all. You can check your supply line for this issue, too. You should check the main water shut off valve, too — it's the one plumbers use when they do work on your house. If both of those valves are open, you may have a big issue with your mainline. It may be leaking, or it may even have a break.
What Causes Water Service Lines to Leak or Break?
The ground around service lines expands and contracts with the change of temperature. The freeze and thaw cycle can cause the ground to heave, which can damage the pipe. Drought and extreme heat have similar effects. Landscaping, particularly trees and shrubs with deep root systems, can also cause an upheaval underground that damages the waterline.
Who's Responsible for Water Service Lines Repair?
Water service line repair can be a big project, but one that's essential. If the water service line leak or break is under your property, then you're the one who must hire a licensed plumber to fix the issue. If the leak or break is not your service line but rather the utility company, then they are the ones responsible for the repair.
Who's Responsible for the Stop Box and Valve?
The stop box is a short tube with a disc that extends to a valve below the ground. The valve allows the utility company to control water flow in the supply line in case of a leak. Property owners must ensure landscaping doesn't encroach on the stop box. Property owners are also responsible for hiring a licensed plumber to repair the valve if it's inoperable.
Keep your water service line in good repair so you don't experience an interruption in service. For more information, contact a water lines repair service.