4 Common Signs Of A Damaged Water Main

Posted on: 19 December 2016


A water main is a large underground pipe that supplies water from a municipal supply to a single home. When a water main cracks or begins leaking, a lot of damage can occur. But detecting a damaged water main can be tricky since the pipe is buried underground. Luckily, there are several signs of a water main leak that an observant homeowner can detect so the necessary repairs can be made. Common signs of a water main leak include:

Reduction in Water Pressure

Since the water main is a large pipe that supplies all water to your house, if it is damaged, it can affect other areas of your plumbing system. It is not uncommon for water pressure to be greatly reduced when the water main is damaged since water is not flowing through the pipes properly. If you notice that your water pressure suddenly drops in all of the faucets in your home, contact a plumber for assistance.

Puddles of Water in Your Yard

A water main transports a large volume of water into your home, so if the pipe is cracked or leaking, it can cause water to rise up from the ground and pool in your yard. You may notice actual puddles or the yard and soil may just feel softer than normal. It is also possible for depressions to form in the ground with no explanation. Never ignore pooling water in your yard when there has not been any heavy rain, as it can be a sign of a major plumbing problem.

Drastic Increase in Your Water Bill

One of the most obvious signs of a problem with your water main is a sudden drastic increase in your monthly water bill. Most people tend to use around the same amount of water each month, so if your bill is hundreds of dollars more than normal, you have cause for concern. Contact your utility company first to see if your large bill was an error -- if it is confirmed that the bill is correct, immediately call a plumber to inspect your whole plumbing system, including the water main.

Healthier Patches of Grass in Your Lawn

A subtle sign of a water main problem is a patchy lawn with some areas being greener and healthier despite being evenly watered. This can happen when a water main leak is smaller and the water begins to rise towards the surface. Catching a water main break early can save you a lot of money in repairs, so keep an eye out for irregularities in your lawn. 

To learn more, contact a water main repair company.