Water Line Replacement: How Do You Know When It’s Time?
Homeownership is, in many respects, nothing more than just a continuous “honey do” list. High on the list of the many things that homeowners will face is water line replacement. It isn’t a matter of ‘if’ it will happen – it’s a matter of ‘when.’ Nonetheless, it is crucial to be a vigilant, proactive homeowner. It is vital to the health of your home to get out and check your water line to make sure you can identify problems before they become critical. Even if you are a novice in the arena of home repair, here are things that will let you know I you need a water line replacement.
Corrosion on Pipes
Formicary corrosion damage, caused by the presence of formaldehyde and pitting caused by chlorine exposure, are the two most common corrosion types. Eventually, the presence of these types of damage causes small holes in the water pipe and will undoubtedly lead to your pipe leaking or bursting. Corrosion damage needs to be carefully checked out and repaired before causing extensive damage to your pipes.
Blockages are a major problem for pipes. The acronym FOG is used to identify the types of materials that cause blockages (fats, oils, and grease). If you have hard water, lime scale can form in large amounts and block water flow. Take some time to see if your drains seem like they are flowing more slowly than usual. If so, there might be a major blockage in the system that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Lime Scale Is Present
Lime scale is formed from hard water in your pipes. Hard water’s mineral contents accumulate over time, and after some time, these deposits block the flow of water. The good news is that lime scale deposits can be removed from the pipe if noticed early. However, if it is very advanced, it can’t be removed without damaging your pipes.
Tree Roots Are Causing Damage to Pipes
This is a little tougher to see that most other issues. When we buy a home, we tend to fall in love with a quaint neighborhood and beautiful landscaping, but in time, trees can become a bit of a problem. Tree roots try to find the nearest water source, and if you see roots near and around your home, it is a pretty good sign that you will have tree roots growing into your pipes. Cutting out these root systems from the pipes is great if you catch the problem early enough. Otherwise, you’ll end up with severely damaged pipes that are beyond repair and need replacing. As expected, this is not cheap.
When you notice any of the above signs, it means you need to replace your water line. Water line replacement, though difficult to face & at times very costly, shouldn’t be a reason to avoid owning your own home. Understand your role as a homeowner, and be active in not only identifying problems but also remedying them.