Beehive Plumbing provides fast and professional water main replacement in Utah. When your property is experiencing low flow, our team of professional plumbers will get right on the job and replace your existing water main without minimal interruptions to your daily routines and schedules.
When water mains break or decay, there are a few tell-tale indicators. You may find puddles collecting on the surface outside your home, even in dry weather, or see a spike in your water bill. Cracks and deterioration can be the result of various environmental causes, such as freezing, earthquakes or even just the earth settling. Old age also is a predominant culprit, especially as some homeowners don’t realize they’re responsible for maintaining the water line running between their house and the street.
If you discover what could be an indicator of a water main break, you should take immediate action to investigate and fix the problem before it results in hazardous backflow, expensive property damage, and other complications.
At Beehive Plumbing, we specialize in water main replacement and repairs, with regular service to homes and businesses across Utah. With our team of experienced professionals on the job, you can rest assured. Whether you suspect you have a problem or want to run a routine inspection of your waterline, Beehive Plumbing provides the knowledge and expertise to accomplish any water main replacement job in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
Signs You May Need to Replace or Repair Your Water Line
At best, a water main break can cause problems like noisy pipes, decreased water pressure and contaminated or dirty water. At worst, the leak can cause flooding in your basement if the break is in close proximity to your home. Serious or prolonged flooding can threaten your personal property or compromise the structural integrity of your building. Responding quickly can help prevent or mitigate those consequences. The following issues may signify a problem with your water main.
- Drops in water pressure. The faucets in your showers, tubs, and sinks should all have a steady flow. If your pressure is reduced for a prolonged period of time, there could be a leak or break somewhere along the main
- Poor drainage. If water is draining slower than usual, that also indicates a problem. More often, it is the result of buildup or blockage, but you still should get an inspection and potentially replace your line.
- Water discoloration. If you turn on a faucet and the water has a rust-brown tint, it could be due to corrosion or dirt and soil entering through cracks.
- Water backflow. When you experience a reverse flow of water or other substance into your treated water supply, that’s problematic. Backpressure and back-siphonage are two types of backflow, and both can cause contamination and other issues.
- Standing water or soggy spots in your yard. If your lawn or soil is sporting puddles or wet areas, and you haven’t experienced rain recently, it’s likely the water line is cracked or leaking beneath the surface in that area.
- Tree root intrusion: If your line runs beneath or near a large tree or other plants, the roots can burrow into the main line, blocking or breaking the connection and impacting the water supply.
If you detect any one or more of these problems and suspect a break, first shut off the water to your main valve. This will end the continual flow from the city connection. Next, contact Beehive Plumbing to set up an appointment for an inspection or repair.
Main Water Line Repair Cost
The cost of water main repairs or replacement depends on several variables, such as whether the pipe is exposed/easily accessible or deep underground; the pipe material; the size of the break or extent of the damage; whether there are obstructions in the area, like trees and fencing; and the age of your home.
If you do the project yourself, you may have to rent equipment such as a hacksaw, backhoe, new pipe, glue, and connectors. With a professional, you might pay as little as $100 to $400 for a one-spot pipe repair above ground, or between $2,500 and $10,000 for an underground pipe job. The more expensive projects include those where a connection is located under a city street, rather than a yard because the utility company has to get involved. Generally, however, a job will cost between $3,000 and $5,000.
In Utah, having sewer and water line insurance can help offset repair costs. In 2014, Salt Lake City partnered with HomeServe USA to develop an optional program featuring affordable exterior sewer line, water service line and in-home plumbing repair service plans. As most basic homeowners insurance doesn’t cover a water line emergency, homeowners used to carry the full cost of water main replacement – even when lines broke under city roads. To look for plans in the Salt Lake City area, visit the HomeServe website.
Contact Beehive Plumbing for Your Water Main Replacement Needs in Utah
Do you need water main replacement in Salt Lake City? Contact Beehive Plumbing for all your water main needs. Whether you need it fixed or replaced, you can trust that we’ll do the job fast before it necessitates more costly repairs. We work fast because we know what we’re doing, and we know how important time is to each of our customers. Whether it’s a commercial or residential property, you can trust us for fat and efficient water main replacement.