Four Types Of Water Line Problems

Posted on: 19 January 2021

When it comes to water lines, breaks and other damage can lead to expensive water wastage or other issues that interrupt your home's water supply. Know the common issues as their symptoms so you can schedule prompt repairs if a problem occurs.

1. Limescale Buildup

Limescale is more prevalent in water lines in areas with hard water, but some mineralization can occur if given enough time even with softer water. Limescale is a result of dissolved minerals separating from the water flowing through the lines and attaching them to the interior of the line itself. Over time, these deposits will narrow the water lines and possibly obstruct them fully, which will reduce or completely inhibit water flow. You can prevent scale buildup by installing a whole house water softener. If you already have buildup, the lines will need to be cleaned or replaced.

2. Bellying

Bellying doesn't affect the water lines in your house, but instead, it is a problem that can occur with the water main line that runs through your yard. As the soil around the line shifts and settles, it can twist the water main. This happens slowly so you may not notice the incremental changes in water flow until the line twists completely and forms a kink that stops the flow of water. In some cases, the twisting can bust the waterline and lead to a major leak in your yard and no water in the home. Lines that suffer bellying will need to be replaced.

3. Valve Failure

There are a variety of different valves on the water lines in your home. There are the simple valves that cut off or resume water flow, as well as valves that allow you to switch between hot and cold water. There are also pressure regulator valves that maintain constant water pressure. If water flow is reduced, lacks pressure, or isn't switching between temperatures chances are that one of the valves on the line has failed. Replacement will solve the problem so that water flow returns to normal.

4. Leaks

One of the most alarming water line problems is a leak. Leaks can occur on the water main in your yard or along any of the secondary supply lines that run through your home. Holes or cracks can form in water lines, and locations where lines join together can fail. Leaks in the yard will result in standing water in the lawn and lack of water or water pressure in the home. Leaks in the home can cause water damage in your walls and lack of water at the taps served by the broken line.

Contact a plumbing service if you suspect that you need broken water line repair.