What You Should Know About Water Line Replacement Right Now

Water Line Replacement – Information You Should Know

Everybody needs water and water delivery is important to your happy lifestyle. Getting water from the source to your home or commercial building may feel like it’s automatic, however, your water supply is a complex system. Plumbing pipes must be maintained, inspected, or upgraded to ensure continuous services. Water line replacement is a major responsibility at the local community level because your taxes pay for those modern water services.

However, as a property owner, you are responsible for your home plumbing, which may (or may not) require major attention.

When water lines start leaking, your water pressure becomes poor, or you have difficulty getting clean water, you may be approaching a situation where you need to replace your water line.
The following article from Drain Genie Plumbing Services discusses the main reasons for replacing your water line plumbing.

3 Reasons You Should Replace the Main Water Line

We often take for granted our continuous availability of clean fresh water in our homes, so when you have a leak in your main water line that feeds your home it is a major inconvenience and you are often in a panic to find a plumber to repair your water main so you can have water running to your home for your daily needs. So when is it good to repair or replace your water main in your home. Here are some reasons to replace your water line.

Copper pipe: If your water main is piped in copper you should think about replacement because you will have constant plumbing leaks on the water main and constant repairs will cost more in the long run than to just replace the main water line.

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Those top three reasons to replace your main water line are significant. The main point here is: don’t wait too long to replace your main plumbing pipes. Delaying the repairs can be very costly and time consuming.

Here’s and interesting article from Little House On The Corner that provides guidelines should you decide to do the replacement yourself.

Under Pressure

Yay, we’ve ticked the first box in our 2013 to do list! We’ve officially finished the installation of our new water mains. (You can read more about our other plans for the year here)

We still have the original lead water supply pipe leading into our house. Our water pressure is terrible – practically none existent. As part of our loft conversion we have decided to get the lead piping leading into the house replaced. There probably wouldn’t be enough pressure to supply the loft with water otherwise.

We’ve been getting quotes for the job, but it’s really expensive – around £600 (British currency), especially as it’s only a few meters of pipe that need replacing.

Well, we’ve decided to tackle the job ourselves! This is one of the scariest jobs we’ve undertaken so far!

Here’s our ultimate guide to replacing a water main yourself.

This is What You Will Need:

A spade – Ideally a graft spade. No idea what that is? We didn’t either until very recently. Basically it’s a spade that is very slim (about half the width of a normal spade) and a long.

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The following video demonstrates a complete residential water service line replacement. As you will see, this is a major operation, requiring technical skill, industrial equipment, and pleny of muscle (both human and machine).

After watching this video you may think all water line replacements are this complicated. Replacing a main home water line does take a lot of effort. However, most old plumbing can be removed efficiently by a fully licensed and experienced plumbing contractor. Henco Plumbing Services has plenty of experience in replacing home (and commercial) water lines. It is our specialty, so we can take care of your water line replacement quickly.

Here’s some information about water line replacement costs. Prices fluctuate depending on the degree of difficulty for each project. Call us at 360-773-8039 to schedule an appointment so we can inspect your plumbing and give you an accurate estimate for both the time and the cost for your project.

Here’s an article from Home Advisor that discusses the various factors that determine the price for a water line replacement.

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Water Main?

Water mains are one of those things that you just don’t want to deal with. If your current water main is having problems, then it’s likely causing major problems for you. If you’re trying to install a new water main, then you want to be sure it’s done right. No matter what your current predicament, you want to make sure your water main is installed correctly from the beginning. For this you’ll need to contact a plumbing professional. Once you find a reputable professional, then they can help you to determine what the cost to install a water main on your property will end up being. This number may depend on a couple of factors.

Access

Any obstructions that make it difficult to reach the water main, like trees, will increase the new water line cost. The process of getting to the water main, or where a water main will need to be installed, makes up the bulk of the cost to install a water main. If you need to jackhammer through concrete, this will also increase new water line costs.

Depth

The deeper the line needs to be dug, then the higher the cost to install a water main will be. It might lower the cost to install a water main if you do this yourself or use a different kind of pro, and then bring in your plumber for the more technical plumbing work.

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This short article points out a number of issues that can impact the pricing for your water line plumbing replacement. In the Pacific Northwest, where we are located, trees and shrubbery, along with property slope can seriously raise the degree of difficulty. Whenever possible, at Henco Plumbing Services, we will use trenchless technology to remove your old plumbing pipe while, installing new pipe within that procedure. This will save you thousands of dollars because it avoids trench digging. Digging a trench to replace your water line will not only be more costly, it may mean tree or landscaping removal.

Do you have questions about your main water line? If you are already having problems, call us immediately at 360-773-8039 so we can begin the process of helping you fix this problem as soon as possible.

Resources: Residential Plumbing – Water Line

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