Having a broken water line is a huge hassle, especially if you live in a compact neighborhood. Living in an apartment or townhouse means you likely share a line with your neighbors. Let’s take a look at how you can recognize and fix a water line.
Signs of a Break
The first thing to learn is the signs of a break in your water line. After all, you can’t fix it if you don’t know what the problem is. While you might imagine a break in a water line is obvious, it doesn’t always present the same way.
- A spraying hydrant. One of the most obvious signs of a broken water line is a hydrant spraying water into the streets. While this is the easiest sign to spot, it’s not the most damaging. Water lines breaking under the surface can cause sinkholes, road collapse, and ruined building foundations.
- Hissing or rumbling pipes. If you hear a hissing or rumbling sound in your walls, you may have a broken water line. Call your local plumber without delay to have your line assessed. Leaking water from the line can cause serious and expensive damage to your house if left unattended to.
- A drop in water pressure. If your house suddenly loses its usual water pressure, it’s likely to be a problem with the water line. With a leak in the water line, pressure in the pipes will fall and your water output will suffer.
- Discoloration in your tap water. If the water coming from your sink, shower, or toilet looks discolored in any way, this is a sign that the water line has been broken. When a water line breaks, debris is able to enter the water. This can be rust, bits of broken pipe, sediment, and bacteria, to name a few. Discontinue use of your tap water until the problem has been fixed. Drinking contaminated water could lead to sickness. It probably won’t taste great anyway.
If you see any of these signs, call us at New Canadian Drain and we’ll take a look right away.
Repairing the Line
Water line repairs can only be done by a professional. This isn’t something you can do as a DIY project. It’s an involved process that may include your landlord (if you have one) or even the city. Worse comes to worst, you’ll need them completely replaced. No matter what happens, we’ll take care of your break and walk you through the aftermath.
What happens after repairing a water line? Even after repairing the water line, there’s likely to be sediment in the water. This is because the change in pressure upsets the sediment settled in the pipes and allows it to wash out. To get rid of this sediment, you’ll want to flush out water that’s already made it to your house. Here’s how:
- Remove aerators from your faucets. This ensures the aerators don’t get clogged with sediment while flushing the taps.
- Turn on all your taps, starting at the top floor and working your way down. Let them run for a few minutes until the water’s running clear again.
- Turn them back off in the opposite direction. Start by turning off the lowest taps first and the ones on the top floor last.
- Ignore the toilets until after you’ve flushed the taps out. If you try to flush them before the rest of the sediment has been flushed out, you can cause a sediment blockage in your toilets.
Give us a call at New Canadian Drain and we’ll be quick to help with water line breaks. Our 24 hour emergency services are available all night, 7 days a week.