What You Can Do About A Clogged Water Main Pipe From Minerals – A Helpful Guide

Water Main Service
July 25, 2018

by David Balkan

Minerals Block Water Main Pipes

When you turn on a faucet, shower head, or even a hose within your home, you want to make sure that there is good water flow, or what is referred to as water pressure. Periodically, there may be a mineral blockage. A clogged water main line due to mineral deposits, or corroded pipe, will prevent the water from flowing through effectively.

There are all sorts of minerals found in water that can attach to the inside of a water pipe. When this is allowed to happen, the minerals will continue to build up. The water flow will continuously be reduced. Eventually, the accumulation of minerals will cause a clogged water main, and no water will be available to the structure. Salt, lime, and other minerals can build up, blocking your water pipes from any water flow. The good news is that you can do something about it.

clogged water main pipes

Clogged Water Main Due To Galvanized Pipe

Another frequent reason that water lines get clogged is due to galvanized pipes being present in the water piping system of a building. Although no longer permitted as material to be used for water lines in NYC, galvanized pipe was previously used in many cases. Unfortunately, galvanized pipe interacts with NYC tap water to form corrosion that will be the cause of clogged water main service lines in many cases.

Galvanized pipe fitting that caused a clogged water main.
Clogged galvanized water fitting

Contact a Professional and Licensed Plumber

The moment that you start having problems with the way that your water pipes work, you need to contact a professional plumber. This will make it easier for you to get the situation under control, such as a clogged water main, without trying any DIY projects.

DIY can be extremely dangerous if you aren’t trained in plumbing techniques or familiar with the plumbing code. You could end up damaging your water pipes considerably – and this will result in more expensive repairs. In a worst-case scenario, you can endanger the health of the building’s inhabitants.

If you are worried about the health of your water pipes, don’t put the problem aside. Identify that there is a concern and get a professional plumber out so that they can begin exploring solutions. In certain areas a filtration unit may be needed, a water softener, or plumbing replacement. Trust a licensed plumbing professional to know what is best in your situation.

Can You View the Water Line Pipe Interior?

Corrosion inside of a clogged water main
Inside of a clogged water main

The only way to know what’s going on inside of the drains, the water lines, or even the sewer lines, is to have a look inside. In most cases, you will have to cut your lines to peer inside. Unlike sewer pipes, where you can work with a professional company that can use advanced sewer camera systems, it is unwise to enter foreign objects inside a water pipe.

It is never advisable to insert a camera into your water supply lines. It may even be a code violation. Conversely, drain lines can be scoped throughout to learn what kind of buildup you have and identify what material could be lining the pipes.

In most cases, water lines have to be taken apart and physically examined. Water testing is always an inexpensive, and readily available resource as well. Once you know more about what you’re working with, it will be easier to establish a solution.

Schedule Water Line Repairs For A Clogged Water Main

If a 3″ water pipe even has 1″ of mineral built up throughout the entire interior perimeter, it would cause an issue. The mineral build-up will cause a noticeable drop in water pressure. No chemical or wash can simply break this up. And note again, in most jurisdictions, it is expressly prohibited to introduce foreign objects or chemicals into your drinking water supply lines. This is when you will need to look at repairs or full water line replacements.

Water line repair and replacement costs vary

The costs involved with replacing water service lines will vary based on location, materials, and more. Additionally, you don’t want to go for the quick fix because this will often result in a cheaper water line repair that will leave you with more significant problems in short order.

You can control some of the costs involved with water line repairs and replacements by exploring the materials that are being used. The labor, tools, equipment, materials, and permits will all be factored into the total cost.

In some instances, you cannot control the quality of water that flows through your pipes. Even if you have a water softener, that is only going to impact the water that flows into your home, not your septic lines themselves.

If there is a mineral buildup in your pipes, and you have a clogged water main, it’s not going to go away on its own. If you do nothing, you run the risk of losing your water supply entirely – and there’s no reason to go through such a thing.

To learn more about how minerals can cause a clogged water main pipe, contact Balkan Sewer And Water Main Service today. If you need a solution to what’s going on with your pipes, call a professional plumber.

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David Balkan

David Balkan is the CEO of Balkan Sewer And Water Main, the largest and most trusted service in New York City. David is extremely active in various NYC plumber organizations being the Chairman of the Subsurface Committee in the Master Plumbers Council, and Vice President of the Subsurface Plumbers Association. In addition David’s expertise is respected by officials of New York City agencies such as the NYC DEP, NYC DOB, and the NYC DOT. He frequently provides valuable input on a variety of industry related matters.

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