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Are water line protection plans worth it?

A water line can become damaged for several different reasons like ground movement or tree root infiltration.

What is the Water Line?

Almost every home has one. It is used every single day, but the only time homeowners ever seem to notice it is when something goes wrong. What are we talking about? The main water line to your home. Every single house has a water line that connects to the main city source. They are all underground and built into your home, so it makes sense that many people don’t think about the water line to houses. But that water line is important to maintain because any issue with it can result in major damages to your property. If you are in need of water line repairs in Pittsburgh, PA, then contact Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating at 412-561-3624.

The water line brings water in from a direct source while the sewer line drains water and waste away.

Water Line vs Sewer Line

Many people want to know what the difference is between the water line and the sewer line. The two lines serve two big, but different functions in your home. The water line is designed to primarily bring water in from a water source, whether it is from the city or a water well on your property. The sewer line on the other hand is used for draining water and waste away from the home. Both are underground and can be affected by the same things. It’s also important to note that roof drains and contents from gutters are not permitted to enter the sewer lines. So always make sure they are draining towards the street or elsewhere.

Options for Replacement

There are several reasons that can cause a water line burst. Most, if not all, of them are considered out of a homeowners control. What we tend to see happening, is the water line fittings become disjointed.

  • Ground movement
  • Soil erosion
  • Increased traffic
  • Tree root infiltration

These hazards are things that often can’t be controlled or prevented by the homeowner. For the most part, insurance companies do provide coverage for sudden and accidental water damage, which can be caused by the reasons listed above. That being said, there are several options for water line repairs in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Sliplining: By far one of oldest and most used methods, sliplining is a process in which a smaller pipe is fed through the larger, damaged pipe. Sliplining is used to repair minor leaks and improve the structural ability. It can be done as one whole system or it can be broken down section by section. Either way will provide a durable and stable repair.
  • Cured-in-place (CIP) Pipe: A CIP pipe is actually a long piece of felt tube that has been saturated with polyester. Like sliplining, the CIP pipe is fed through an existing pipe and then with the help of air or water pressure, it is expanded inside the damaged pipe. Then it is left to cure which can take upwards of two days. This process helps to strengthen damaged pipes and repair leaks.  
  • Pipe Bursting: This method is typically used when a complete replacement is needed. For pipe bursting, an expander head is inserted and fed through the plumbing. The action slowly chips away at the pipes until they are completely broken up. They are removed and the same machine is used to feed the new replacement piping.

If you are noticing any issues with your water supply or even with water drainage, contact Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. We are the experts when it comes to Water line needs. Call us, 412-561-3624, for water line repair services in Pittsburgh, PA.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to repair a broken water line?
    • Depending on the damage, replacing just one broken section can cost between $500 and $1,000. But if replacing the entire main line is necessary, then it can cost any from $1,500 and $5,000. Realistically, the number can fall between $2,000 and $3,000.
  • Is a broken water main covered by homeowners insurance?
    • Most insurance policies cover any sudden or unexpected water damage caused by a damaged or malfunctioning pipe. Generally, however, the pipe itself is rarely covered by insurance, but that is something to discuss with your insurance provider.
  • How much does it cost to replace a main water line?
    • The cost breaks down to about $10-$20 per square foot of piping. Which makes the overall cost between $150 and $300. The cost also depends on the type of material used which can be cheaper or more expensive.
  • How long do water lines last?
    • It depends on the type of piping that is used, but many homeowners can see their water line last upwards of 50 years.
  • What is the best pipe to use for plumbing?
    • PVC pipes, PEX pipes, CPVC pipes, and copper pipes, are some of the best options to use for plumbing.
We can help with any water line repair needs you may have.

Rely on Us for Water Line Services on Your Property

When you need a reliable plumbing team for a damaged water line, look no further than Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. We are an experienced team of licensed plumbers in your area. For water line repairs in Pittsburgh, PA, reach out to us. We’re available to help today. Call us at 412-561-3624 to schedule an appointment.