Dealing with a broken water main is usually a once-in-a-lifetime event. Thus when faced with a leaking main, many homeowners become confused. Some may even panic. As some general information, the average lifespan of a water main is around 50 years. Although some can last significantly longer, while others fail prematurely. Natural wear and climatic events are the most common reasons for a water main failure to occur. Poor plumbing, including improper installation of piping can cause a pipe to leak. Additionally, a failure to use code compliant fittings when connecting to your home or the city water main, may also cause premature leaks or breaks. Do you know the signs of a water main leak under driveway to look for?
Signs of water leak under your driveway
A water main leak under driveway will usually produce a stream of water. Typically it appears as pooling water on surface of your property, or on the driveway. It your driveway is close to your building, it can even come through your foundation wall. Although pooling water is the most common sign, water always flows toward the path of least resistance or a low point. With that in mind, the leak may have even originated from a neighboring property. In other cases, it can be from a point far from where it first became visible. Digging to perform a repair without doing some sort of leak detection can lead to needless excavations.
Leaking water will cause your pipes to vibrate
Rumbling or hissing at the point where the water main enters your house, while there is no water usage, can also be an indication you have a leak. There may be a water main leak under driveway, roadway, or some other area. A sudden loss of water pressure is a cause for concern. If pressure suddenly drops inside your residence, it is another strong indication that the water main in your property could have issues. Always contact a licensed water main contractor to confirm the presence of any possible issues with the water main on your property. To learn more about diagnosing leaks, read about Testing For Water Line Leaks.
Pinpointing the exact location of a water main leak used to be a messy and time-consuming proposition. That was especially true if the leak was located under a driveway. That is because a concrete or asphalt driveway will not allow leaking water to easily rise to the surface above the point of the leak. The procedure would involve digging up the entire length of the main from the street to the house to find the problem. This excessive digging could frequently making an attempt at a repair more costly than a full replacement. These days, state-of-the-art leak detection equipment, which uses sensitive audio technology, can pinpoint the location of the many water main breaks. This can make extensive digging and disruption unnecessary. Naturally each water main break has its own unique set of circumstances.
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If you suspect you have a water main leak under your driveway or anywhere else on your property, don’t panic. Contact the professionals at Balkan Sewer and Water Main Service. We will provide you with a comprehensive inspection of your water main and sewer systems. This will be performed by a highly trained and experienced professional, and at no charge.