Your water line is the pipe that carries water from the municipal water main to your home. It is the source of all the fresh water that you use every day. As such, it plays a pretty important part in your life. Though the water line is meant to last for up to 100 years, there are still threats that can cause you to have to replace it early. Let’s take a look at some of these threats, and what you can do about them.
Lime scale is the result of hard water, which is water with a very high magnesium and calcium content. It builds up slowly over time, eventually becoming large enough to restrict the flow of water through the pipe. If caught early enough, lime scale can be scraped out of the water line to return it to full operation. If allowed to build up for too long, though, the lime scale can harden and become irremovable without damaging the pipe. Water softeners also help protect against lime scale by neutralizing the minerals that form it.
Tree roots commonly penetrate water lines in search of fresh water. Once they tap into the water in the line, they can slowly grow to fill the entire pipe. Just like the lime scale above, tree roots can obstruct the flow of water into the home. The best way to address this is to have your water line inspected at least once a year, and to have any roots that are found in the line removed. If you catch it early enough, you can prevent lasting damage from being done to your pipe.
If you need pipe inspection or water softening services, call The Trusted Plumber. We offer comprehensive water line services throughout Phoenix, AZ.