Owning a beautiful older home is a fantastic and rewarding experience, even if it’s a bit of a fixer-upper. However, with age comes the need to pay more attention to every detail about your home and make sure that any problems are quickly addressed.
To be blunt, we just didn’t know as much about construction as we do now, and modern materials far outstrip the capacity and structural integrity of the ones we once used.
Your plumbing is a great example of this, where once vitrified clay pipe and concrete pipe were the norm, lasting around 50 to 70 years on average. Today we utilise PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a material that gives pipes an indefinite lifespan.
So how do know when your water line is at the end of its life? We’ve put together some tips to help you see the warning signs early.
A soggy front yard:
Most water main lines run under the ground and if a leak develops the water needs to go somewhere.
If the ground in your yard becomes suddenly moist for no apparent reason, you may want to contact a plumber ASAP.
2. A very high-water bill:
While not a characteristic specific to water line problems, an extraordinarily high water bill could indicate a problem with your line.
Think about the size of the pipes in your home. If the water bill is so high that it couldn’t possibly be a leaking tap or faulty washing machine line, it’s probably something far larger.
3. A marked decrease in water pressure:
If you suddenly notice that the faucets and showerheads in your home have lost all their oomph, there’s a good chance that somewhere in the line you’ve sprung a leak.
4. Water discolouration:
If the water coming out of your taps is even slightly brown or has grit in it, you need to call a plumber immediately. Contaminants can only enter water mains through cracks or holes in the line, so jump on the problem right away.
5. A big of common sense:
When you bought your home, you probably asked when it was built. If the age of your home is greater than that of the materials used to build water lines at that time, be proactive.
Get a plumber in early and have them make sure everything is fine to prevent the need for costly emergency repairs.
STEP #1: DRAIN CAMERA INSPECTION
Other than our extensive knowledge in these situations, we unfortunately cannot see your affected pipes underground but our drainage CCTV cameras can!
We have an extensive range of drain cameras to see the problem and pipe locators to find the problem.
How does a CCTV drain camera work and how can it help you?
Lucky for you, digging up your back yard for the hope to find damaged pipes is a thing of the past. Fortunately, our latest range of CCTV drainage cameras can find, identify, locate and even film in HD so that our plumbers and clients can identify the extent of the problem, which makes it a lot easier to determine the best, most cost-effective way to fix your drain.
STEP #2: FIX THE ISSUE
We have identified and located the problem but what do we do next?
This may involve the use of an electric eel, a high-powered hydro jet or a pipe replacement.
Depending on the severity, we can utilize our own equipment to fix this situation with ease.
If tree roots or debris are blocking your pipe, the best way to clear the pipe is with a hydro jet rodding machine.
If the blockage proves too solid, more force may be required and an electric eel may need to be sent down to cut through the foreign matter.
If the pipe needs to be replaced, then our locator has identified the position so that there is no time wasted in fixing the situation.
STEP #3: FUTURE CCTV INSPECTION
How do we know if it worked?
Once we have cleared the blockage or fixed the drain pipe. our CCTV drainage camera can help determine if the job has been done correctly and effectively.
Ryano’s Plumbing and Gas specialises in affordable CCTV drain camera inspections. For all your drain inspection needs, with RPG Plumbing today on (07) 3339 1543