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10 Signs Your Waterline Needs Repair or Replacement

Are you having an internal battle over whether you need a waterline replacement in your home?

If yes, picture this hypothetical scenario:

You wake up in the middle of the night, consumed with thirst. Groggy, you walked up to the faucet for a drink only to see brown water flowing out. 

How would you feel? 


Your waterline is the conduit for bringing fresh, clean, potable water into your home. This makes your waterline an essential component, not only to your home but to life itself. 

Like sewer line problems, issues in your waterline can appear when you least expect it. This results in costly waterline replacement when you could have had it repaired three weeks prior. 

Knowing who to contact to replace your waterline is one thing, but knowing when to call is an entirely different subject. The timing could spell the difference between a costly and affordable waterline replacement service.

To that end, understanding the telltale signs of waterline damage is crucial. In this article, Drain Magic explores the signs that your waterline needs repair or replacement. 

Signs You Should Replace Your Waterline

Here are 10 signs your waterline needs a replacement:

1. Low water pressure

Homeowners have a general understanding of how water pressure works in their household. Don’t dismiss it when you notice a pronounced drop in water pressure versus the usual. It might mean your waterline has issues like clogs restricting its normal flow. 

Water discoloration or bad taste2. Water discoloration or bad taste

Nothing like drinking water that makes you feel queasy right after, right? Waterline problems can often lead to water discoloration, affecting its taste. Typically, two things are causing this:

  • Rust: This means your waterline has corroded and needs replacement
  • Cracks in the pipe: This allows the entry of soil into the waterline, resulting in a brownish and earthy-tasting water

3. Constantly running your water meter

Water meters measure the volume of water passing through an outlet. If it keeps running even when no faucets are on, your waterline might be the culprit. Cracked waterlines allow water outflow, resulting in the water meter’s continuous reading. 

4. Wet spots in your yard

In relation to the previous point, water flowing through pipe cracks is released in surrounding areas. As a result, you might find wet spots on your lawn or even within the household. To trace waterline damage, keep an eye out for unusually damp areas or patches of grass with healthy vegetation. 

Increased water bills5. Increased water bills

If you’ve lived in the home for a while, you may have a ballpark idea of your average monthly water bill. This value remains relatively consistent, given a healthy waterline. However, an unusual spike in the water bill may indicate a leak in the waterline pipes. 

6. Water heater issues

Waterline problems may interrupt the flow of water into the tank. As a result, the water may not heat properly, leading to inconsistent temperatures. In some cases, the water heater may overheat due to waterline problems. This happens when the tank’s heating element does not receive enough water to heat.

7. Strange noises coming from pipes

Waterline cracks may become an entry point for air into the pipes. You may hear rattling or vibrating sounds when air and water clash in the waterline. Conversely, leaky pipes may also produce a hissing sound due to air escaping. 

8. Unexplained mold or mildew growth

Mold grows in damp environments. Indoor waterline leaks may facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. Keep watch for signs of molds, as there might be a waterline leak somewhere in that area. 

9. Foundation cracks

Exposure to water can weaken the structural integrity of the concrete. If you notice unusual cracks on your home’s pillars or walls, you might have a waterline problem. Leaks underneath your home’s foundation may also erode the soil, compromising your household’s structure. 

Sinkholes or holes in your yard

10. Sinkholes or holes in your yard

Finally, unusual sinkholes or holes in your yard are possible indications of waterline problems. As mentioned above, water may erode the soil, causing it to sink or settle unevenly.

If you encounter any of these signs, it’s essential to call a drain specialist for a second opinion. 

There’s just one problem: Many homeowners may dismiss the signs of waterline problems. They often fear having their property excavated and paying costly waterline replacement services. 

But let us put your mind at ease.

At Drain Magic, we specialize in trenchless waterline replacement and repair. That means we can fix your waterline problems without digging a massive hole in your property. We can fix underground waterlines while staying aboveground, thanks to modern materials and remote robotics.

For Pennsylvania homeowners looking for waterline replacement, we can offer you a no-stress and no-mess solution. Click the link below to schedule a free in-home estimate.

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