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Water Line Problems You Should Know About

water-lineWhether you get your water from a well, or from the city in which you live, your water line is an important part of your plumbing system. All water that enters your home’s plumbing system does so by way of your water line. If the water line is in good condition, the rest of your home’s plumbing will operate more smoothly. A problem in the water line, though, will have widespread negative impacts on the rest of the system. That’s why it’s so important that you take steps to keep your water line in good condition.

One of the best ways to do that is to make sure you can recognize that your water line is in trouble. If you can identify signs that your water line is in trouble, you can have it repaired more quickly and prevent more damage. Have a look at some common water line issues, and some of the symptoms that serve as warnings of them.


As is the case with all plumbing pipes, your water line is susceptible to leaks. This may be a lot less likely to happen, depending on how old the pipe is or what it’s made of. However, it can still happen. The most common sign that your water line is leaking is the formation of pools in the front or back yard. If a water line develops a leak, the water that escapes from it will bubble up through the soil and collect on the surface. So, if you notice mysterious pools forming in your yard, it’s a good idea to call for repairs for your water line as soon as you can.


If you don’t have a leak or a rupture in your water line, you might have a blockage. Blockages can be comprised of all kind of materials, but a few are more common than others. Lime scale, which is comprised of magnesium and calcium particles, often builds up in water liens that are subjected to hard water for long periods of time. As the lime scale builds up on the pipe walls, it will restrict the flow of water through the line. This will cause the water pressure throughout the home to drop.

Tree roots are another common form of blockage. Once a root has infiltrated the water line, it will often grow and spread until an entire network of them has clogged the water line. These roots can be cut out of the line with proper equipment. However, if the root growth is advanced enough, it might be better to just replace the water line entirely. This will, of course, depend on your professional plumber’s assessment of your water line’s situation. If you want to protect against issues like these, the best thing to do is to call for professional maintenance services at least once every couple of years.

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing offers comprehensive water line services in Potomac, MD. If you need professional plumbing services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers.