3 Signs Of A Damaged Water Line

Your home's plumbing system includes a mainline that brings water from the city's water supply. Several water lines emerge from your home's mainline and direct water to your fixtures. Any damage to the mainline would compromise your water's quality. Therefore, you should know what to look for in case your water line needs a repair or replacement.

1. Discolored Water

Homes with old fixtures may experience the occasional flush of brown water. If the discolored water comes from one fixture, it's likely an isolated problem. However, a corroded water line could be the problem if dirty water consistently runs from all your fixtures. Mineral deposits from rusty pipes can mix with clear water. This mixture results in the murky-colored water you get when you turn on your faucet.

Additionally, dirty water may be caused by a crack in your water system that allows dirt to enter your mainline. You should contact an experienced plumber to assess the damage and help you solve the problem.

2. Low Water Pressure

Sometimes, you may notice low water pressure in one fixture. You usually just need to fix that particular fixture. However, if there's low water pressure in all your fixtures, then you could use a pressure regulator to confirm if water pressure can be restored. If this does not work, your water line might need repair.

If no water is coming out of any fixture in your home, then you might have a busted water line. In this case, your plumber might suggest a complete overhaul of the entire line.

3. Mold and Mildew 

Excessive moisture caused by a leaky water line breeds the ideal conditions for mold and mildew to thrive. Mold and mildew may weaken your home's structures and create visible stains.

Additionally, mold causes allergic reactions such as skin rashes in some people. Some mold spores produce mycotoxins which cause breathing difficulties when you accidentally inhale them. Mycotoxins may also cause fatigue, nausea, and eye irritation.

Usually, mold growth from a leaky water line can be spotted with the following signs:

  • Musty odors and damp areas inside your home
  • Stained ceilings

At the first sign of mold growth, you should check for leaks in your water supply system. Not everyone can spot mold right away, so you should get a professional to inspect your property and eliminate all spores. A reliable plumber will fix any leaky water lines and prevent future mold growth in your home.

For more information about broken water line repair, contact a local service.