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Problems That Can Lead to Water Line Replacement

Your water line is one of the most important parts of your plumbing system, responsible for transporting fresh water from the city water main to your home. So it is imperative that it be kept in good condition if you want to preserve your supply of fresh water. There are a number of problems that can destroy your water line, if given enough time. In order to keep your water line healthy, you should be vigilant for signs of these problems.

Tree Roots

Have you ever walked down a sidewalk and noticed a spot where a giant tree root had displaced the concrete? The same thing can happen to your water line. Tree roots will grow towards the closest water source, and if that’s your water line then you’re in trouble. Once a tree root penetrates the water line, it can grow to block up the entire pipe. These roots can be cut out of the pipe, but if they are allowed to grow for long enough they will be too advanced to salvage the line.

Hard Water

Water with a higher mineral content is known as hard water, which can create lime scale by depositing minerals along the walls of the pipe. Just like the tree root system, lime scale can severely restrict the flow of water through your water line. Also like the tree roots, lime scale will harden and become impossible to remove once it has advanced enough. Because of this, it’s a good idea to have your water line inspected at least once a year for issues like this. Otherwise, you may find yourself replacing your water line.

If you need your water line repaired or replaced, call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We provide water line services throughout Gaithersburg, MD.