Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.
Having access to fresh water inside the house is always important. Therefore, if something goes wrong and the main water line breaks, busts, or otherwise gets damaged, it can be a massive problem. You may be tempted to do the repairs on the water main on your own, especially if you have a little plumbing experience, but this is not always the best idea. There are actually a few reasons why a water main repair project can be a lot harder than it appears.
Blockages can prevent direct access to the water main.
You may know precisely where the main water line was installed several years ago, but that does not necessarily mean that the line is going to be as easy to access as what it was when it went into the ground. Tree roots, rocks, and other things can get in the way of the line and make it super hard to get to if all you are digging with is a shovel. It is not uncommon for a homeowner to start digging to access a main water line for repair and find out that they can't even access it at all.
The depth of the water main can be deeper than expected.
Most people know that a water line should be a certain depth according to the climate to prevent freezing, but it really doesn't have to be all that deep. For example, in some parts of California, a water line should only be about 12 inches in the ground because the climate stays rather warm. However, in some parts of Maryland, a water line should be a full 36 inches in the ground. Some people start digging and find out that the line is far deeper than what they expect.
Authorizations or permits may be necessary to dig to the line
One thing that many homeowners do not know when they start having water main problems is that they may be required to get a permit or an authorization from the city before they can actually dig into the ground to get to the line. If you start digging before you get a permit when it is required, you can actually be facing steep fines and major penalties. Check with the local courthouse or building and construction committee to find out what you need to do before starting a project. If you hire a professional plumber, they will handle this part of the task for you.Share