Main Water Supply & Sewer Line Breaks
Your Sewer Line
If your home is connected to a sewer system, there is a sewer line that bridges the gap between your home’s drains and the main sewer drain. This line is located under the ground of your yard, and is thus considered part of your plumbing system and your responsibility in terms of maintenance and repairs.
Sewer lines are typically four to six inches in diameter, and sloped downwards to promote the flow of water away from your home and into your city’s sewer. Because these lines are not particularly large, they can easily develop buildup and clogs over time, affecting toilets first, as these fixtures drain most directly into the sewer line. Minor clogs may simply cause the drains in your home to act strangely, while major clogs can cause wastewater to back up into your home, leading to water damage and exposing your family to potential health risks.
Sewer line clogs should always be addressed by a professional plumber—in many cases, hydro jetting equipment can clear out clogs and allow your Stark plumber to evaluate the condition of the line.
Your Water Main
Homes that receive water from a municipal source have a water main that delivers fresh water into the home. Your water main can be easily identified by finding your home’s water meter, which records the incoming flow of water for accurate billing at the end of each month.
In addition to your water meter, water mains also incorporate a shutoff valve. This valve can be crucial during a serious plumbing emergency, as it will stop the flow of all water into your home’s plumbing system. If you have a serious leak or other problem, using the shutoff valve can prevent flooding, water damage, and water waste.
Although your water main should never give you trouble, age can affect the line’s integrity. If you have questions or concerns about the age or performance of your water main, your Stark plumber can let you know whether attention is needed. Regular plumbing inspections can help you catch small issues that could cause significant damage in the future so you can repair them before problems occur.