Water mains (also called a “main supply lines”) are the principle pipes that carry water to the frontage of each individual building. City water mains in New York City are pressurized via gravity to push the water from the city water purification systems, holding tanks, junctions, and aqueducts, along city streets to the places where it is needed. Connections into residences and other buildings represent the final leg of a long journey, these are referred to as service lines. Tall buildings frequently need pumps to push the weight of the water to the higher floors, or roof tanks to accomplish the same task. When things go wrong with the final leg of that journey, homeowners and business owners need reliable emergency water main repairs. That is where we come in, Balkan Plumbing is the subsurface expert in NYC.
If the pressure in the pipe is too high, the water main may break or crack. This sometimes occurs when repair work creates a water hammer – air inside the main lines. Older or degraded pipes can be made of a variety of materials and develop leaks. Although water pipes are typically buried over 4′ deep, water mains have been damaged or severed by heavy machinery during construction. Water main leaks are sometimes caused by breakage of the pipes due tree root incursion. Sometimes infrastructure problems occur because of poor maintenance, largely due to not exercising valves properly, or allowing corrosion to build up in older lines. In many parts of the city, the need for emergency water main repairs are a regular occurrence.
As the water main (also called “a main supply line”) passes by a home or building, it allows for each individual property to have its own connection. The municipality is responsible to have a main line fronting each and every build-able lot in NYC. These main supply pipes are the responsibility of the municipality to both install and maintain. NYC DEP field forces need to carry out any repair or required maintenance.
Service lines are the ones connected in front of the water meter to the public main line. The water meter is typically located inside the basement, which are both the property owners responsibility. If a leak is suspected, the municipal water company should be immediately notified to verify the existence of the leak, its source, and who is responsible to repair it. The municipal water company would then handle fixing the leak only if it is on their main line. They will usually shut off the water and replace broken piping. In some rare cases they may also issue a boil-water advisory.
The water service line pipe (called a “supply pipe”) that runs from the municipal public main to inside each individual private property is the last leg of the journey. This last leg, the water service line pipe carries water into the home or building, and is the responsibility of the property owner. Supply pipes continue inside the building and connect to interior plumbing. When the emergency water main repairs are needed here, they can mean time, money and fines if not remedied quickly and professionally.
Joseph L. Balkan, Inc. Sewer and Water Main Specialists is the largest and most trusted company in New York City for detecting leaks and performing emergency water main repairs. Please contact Balkan Plumbing for more information. Knowledgeable representatives are standing by 24/7/365 to help you in the event you require quality, efficient and professional emergency water main repairs.