How to Avoid Problems With Your Domestic Water Supply Line

Posted on: 27 May 2022

Burst or leaky water pipes are never a good thing. They waste clean water, cause your water bills to go up and increase the risk of water damage to your home. Malfunctioning water pipes can also create the damp conditions that mould requires to grow and thrive. Mould can affect your health.

Given the possible impacts of water supply line problems, you should do your best to avoid those problems. Here are some ways to keep your water supply pipes in tip-top shape.

Maintain the recommended water pressure for your home

Low water pressure is generally undesirable because it results in less water coming out of the taps or shower. On the other hand, high water pressure can cause your water pipes to leak, resulting in water waste, soaring utility bills and costly property damage.

One of the best ways to prevent problems with your water supply is to meet the standards for minimum and maximum water pressure for homes in your area. If you need to exceed the maximum water pressure limit, you may need to upgrade your water meter and water inlet and outlet valves.

Insulate your water pipes

Ever wonder why pipe breaks are more common in winter than in other seasons of the year?

The cold wintry conditions can have a devastating effect on your water supply pipes. As the cold temperatures set in, they can cause the water flowing through the pipes to freeze. As the water freezes, it expands and causes pressure to build up inside. Excessive pressure buildup eventually leads to pipe bursts, which can cause extensive flooding damage to your residential property.

The best way to avoid winter-related pipe bursts is to insulate your water pipes. Insulated pipes will cushion your water against the cold outside temperatures, thus stopping it from freezing, expanding and causing pipe rupture.

Protect your water supply line from tree roots

The trees in your yard require water to flourish. Although they usually get it from the soil, other water sources exist. One such water source is water that leaks from the water pipes buried in your yard. Tree roots can grow towards your leaky water pipes and rupture them.

To protect your water pipes from tree roots, consider cutting down trees growing too close to them. 

To learn more about the steps you can take to prevent water supply line problems in your home, contact your local plumber.