Vancouver Water Line Repair
If you have a broken water line, your entire plumbing system could cease to operate. Ensuring water is always flowing into your home is just as essential as having waste flowing out into Vancouver's municipal sewers. From showering, cooking and using the bathroom, plumbing systems rely on vital supply arteries. You can't flush a toilet without any water! Yet, leaks and damage aren't always obvious, so it's important to know the warning signs and contact a professional plumber for repairs as soon as you notice issues.
Your local Vancouver plumber at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver only employs the best expert plumbers for water line repair. Vancouver, BC, homeowners can rest easy with our wide range of plumbing services including maintenance, repairs and replacement for all systems. Traditional re-piping methods involve large investments of time and money to fix buried components, but our team uses innovative trenchless repair techniques. Our preferred pipeline service method allows us to repair and replace pipes with minimal disruption. We provide prompt service, so many water line repairs can be completed in a single day or less. All of our parts and workmanship are guaranteed to be effective and meet top industry standards.
What You Need to Know About Your Water Supply Line
Water line repair is not something most Vancouver homeowners would like to experience. However, it’s important to learn about the essentials of a water main line. That way, you’ll know what problems could potentially happen and how you can keep your plumbing in good condition.
Supply line installation systems vary from home to home. If you have a fully furnished basement with a separate boiler room, you will find your HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems in one place. Through that complex pipe network, you will usually find your hot and cold water lines connecting to your hot water heater and/or washing machine. The remainder run through walls and ceilings to supply the rest of your home.
One unpleasant issue some homeowners have to deal with (cross your fingers that it doesn’t ever happen to you!) is a slab leak. Many Vancouver homes are built on a concrete foundation, known as a slab. During the construction process, sewage, water and electrical lines are typically built underneath. If any plumbing joints leak or pipes burst below the slab, then you have a serious problem on your hands. Whether the leak is related to poorly installed supply lines or shifting soil, your plumbing system could fail and cause structural damage to your home. This is an example of a complex, underground Vancouver water line repair that requires a thorough diagnosis and inspection before we can offer you the right trenchless repair options.
When you examine your water lines, you should check what pipe material is used. Our clean water supply typically comes through reliable types like copper or PEX. Copper is widely used due to its durability and corrosion resistance, whereas PEX has the ability to expand and resist cracks and freezing temperatures. It also doesn’t corrode or cause water hammer issues in the pipes, which could happen with copper if you don’t regulate your pressure and use insulation. That being said, copper pipes don’t contaminate water, whereas PEX can leach BPA.
It’s important to examine your plumbing system’s overall condition once a year, and even try to locate the lines that are buried underneath concrete or walls. This will give you a better understanding of your home’s plumbing if you ever need water line repair. Vancouver, BC, property owners that keep up with their annual inspections will get a thorough diagnosis from their licensed plumbers. Preventative maintenance and minor repair services are the best way to keep your plumbing safe and in working order. If you have any questions, we can help you be better prepared with our preventative solutions.
What Are the Signs of Water Line Damage?
Failure of any vital component will have resonating effects throughout a system and call for repairs. Water lines are no different. An issue is going to adversely impact every fixture and appliance in your plumbing system, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to spot common warning signs as soon as they appear.
Discoloured Water: Nothing that comes out of a faucet should be brown or yellow. If you're seeing those colours, it's often a sign of rust or external debris which would indicate a crack. If that happens, your water is likely contaminated. We've also seen rust develop inside of hot water heaters in Vancouver, and within the lines themselves. Either way, you’ll likely need Vancouver water line repair.
A Decrease in Water Pressure: This is a big indicator that there might be a leak in your supply. If you're not getting anything at all, that's an even more serious issue. Whether pressure is decreased or fluctuates, it’s likely due to a leak or a clog that will need a Vancouver plumber’s thorough diagnosis.
Rust: Corrosion can appear on the outside of plumbing as well, especially on older iron pipes. Not many people realize that a neglected hose bib (also known as an exterior faucet) can also lead to discoloured and contaminated water.
Musty Smells: When moisture is trapped behind ceilings and walls, it will enable mould and mildew growth. Allergy sufferers will probably notice issues with their health unless someone with a good nose detects the problem first and investigates it immediately. Water damage either indicates a foundation or roof leak, or the need for water line repair. Vancouver, BC, property owners will get a reliable inspection and diagnosis from the team at Mr. Rooter.
Soggy, Green Lawns: Is your front or backyard turning into a swamp? Damage on buried pipes often has visible effects on the ground above it. Look out for unusual, isolated wet patches on your lawn; especially if they appear above your buried lines.
Flooding in Basement: We know Vancouver gets a lot of rain, and the law of gravity will show itself in your basement if you have foundational problems. Otherwise, it’s likely a burst or leaking pipe.
High Water Bills: Leaks and other problems will be reflected in your monthly water bills. If the charges are going up with no reasonable explanation, you could have a constant leak somewhere. To test for yourself, turn off your shut-off valve and keep an eye on the water meter. If it’s still running, you need Vancouver water line repair services.
What Are the Common Causes?
Poor Installation: Substandard materials or service that wasn't completed by experienced technicians is a common reason for faulty supply lines. Check the warranty documents and your home insurance to see if you’re covered for Vancouver water line repair.
Freezing and Thawing: Even Vancouver's mild winters are enough to put pressure on exterior systems, especially during spring and fall. Extreme temperatures cause the ground to contract when it’s freezing and expand when it’s hot. This pressure can be too much for underground pipes to bear, and could trigger holes or cracks after a while.
Shifting Earth: Many factors change the structure of soil. A degree of home settling is normal, but you should still be careful. If enough pressure is put on your underground water lines, or support is taken away, it could result in damage. When you notice wall or ceiling cracks three years after your house was built, pay close attention to further cracks on the exterior, such as your siding. You might need a foundation specialist to inspect these cracks and suggest repair options before they cause structural damage.
Plants and Pests: Critters that burrow underground and thirsty tree roots are two common causes of water line damage. Perhaps unwittingly, the flora and fauna that live outside can disrupt the lives of those of us inside.
Trenchless Technology and Repairs
Traditional methods for water line repairs involved digging into and excavating properties, but that's no longer the solution. Instead, our solutions for broken pipes always start with a thorough video camera inspection and using acoustic leak detection equipment to determine the extent and location of any damage. Then we proceed with any necessary repairs.
Excavation is a thing of the past, thanks to new trenchless methods for Vancouver water line repair service. Our techniques are non-invasive, quick and efficient. With less destructive methods than traditional re-piping, your lawns—and wallet—will thank you!
Benefits of Trenchless Repair Techniques:
Reduced property damage
Smaller environmental impact
Easy access to any area
Safer, risk-free repairs
Frequently Asked Questions: Vancouver Water Line Repairs
Is the City Responsible for Complex Plumbing Repairs?
Many homeowners in Vancouver wonder about whether city services are responsible for repairs on systems that connect to municipal plumbing. Unfortunately, that's rarely the case. The general rule is that if the issue is within your property lines, it's your responsibility to fix it.
How Much Does Vancouver Water Line Repair Cost?
This isn't an easy question to answer because there are so many different factors that influence cost. Your particular cost is going to depend on the extent of the damage and which solutions are needed. The best option for evaluating price is talking to a professional plumber.
How Deep Are Lines Buried?
Generally, supply and sewage lines in Vancouver sit around 1.5-metres (five feet) below the surface, but this can vary. If you're unsure about where your lines are located, we recommend that you request a professional inspection to help you learn about any potential plumbing problems, so you can be prepared.
How Do I Better Protect My Supply Lines?
There are many ways to protect your supply lines and drain lines in general. For example, if you’re experiencing water hammer noises, this indicates a pressure issue that needs a plumbing professional to repair. If you don’t have a pressure regulator, the city might offer to adjust it for you. Otherwise, your local Vancouver plumber will do it for you. While homeowners often love high pressure in the shower or when doing the dishes, the hammering could potentially weaken your supply lines and cause ruptures. Regulating pressure will help extend your pipes’ lifespan.
We also recommend adding routine maintenance services to your calendar or to ask your Vancouver plumber to send you annual reminders for check up or Vancouver drain cleaning services. During these appointments, we will thoroughly inspect your plumbing system. Other preventative measures that will protect you from a potential basement flood include installing a backwater valve, installing a sump pump and inspecting your basement floor drain. It’s not only rain that could flood your lower level, but also burst pipes. We’re happy to answer any further questions that you might have regarding Vancouver water line repair services.
Need Vancouver Water Line Repairs? Your Trusted Plumbers Are Here To Help!
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver is known throughout the city for offering superior quality plumbing services, from maintenance and repairs to replacement. We provide a safe, worry-free experience for everything from minor drain cleaning service to major Vancouver sewer line repairs. As a locally-owned and operated business, we're dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and lasting, effective solutions for all our friends and neighbours in Vancouver.
Our friendly professionals are all fully licensed and insured, and they're proud to wear a uniform that signals their membership in an elite group of world-class plumbers. Our guaranteed parts and workmanship, along with our upfront pricing model, ensure that you never have to worry about hidden fees or additional costs.
As part of our dedication to the community of Vancouver, we provide 24/7 emergency service. We're happy to offer convenient appointment times, but we’re also available for plumbing emergencies—no matter when they occur. We never want to increase your stress during an emergency, so we never charge overtime fees.
Whether you’re in Vancouver, West Vancouver, the North Shore, or another community in the surrounding area, give us a call at (604) 433-5555 to make an appointment for local plumber service, or learn more about how we can help with water line and sewer line repair, and our other plumbing repair services.