Your 1 Plumber is a full-service water line repair expert – from pipe repairs to pipe replacement, we’ve got the tools, knowledge, and experience for your water line repair service needs.
Leaks in Your Yard
Water leaks are not always confined to your house. Sometimes homeowners are surprised to find a water leak in the front yard! Water coming out of the ground in your yard or soggy soil on your property when other areas are dry could mean you have a broken water service. Frozen ground, a hard winter, refreezing and thawing cycles, settling or shifting ground; all of these things can damage your water pipes. Your 1 Plumber is here to help. We can get a main residential water line replacement up and running and ensure you have minimal interruption from city water service to your home.
Your main water line runs from the street to your home. Did you know that the water line that runs underground from the street to your home is your responsibility? Your 1 Plumber uses special equipment and up to date technology to replace your deteriorating and unreliable polybutylene or copper water supply line with long lasting, reliable and durable well pipe (polyethylene) tubing. This drastically reduces the chance of breaks, leaks and interruptions of water supply to your home and damage to your landscaping.
You can depend on us for timely, efficient and professional friendly service to restore your water service to your home.
Polybutylene pipe is a blue (or gray) plastic pipe manufactured by the Shell Oil Corporation. It was installed in homes between approximately 1978 and 1995 – mostly in new construction – but it was also used to replace water services in older homes as well. It was found that chlorine added to sanitize our drinking water reacts with the polybutylene making it brittle.
All polybutylene pipe will fail for this reason. It is just a question of when it will happen… not if it will.
I typically see a surge in polybutylene pipe replacement when the seasons change. The ground changes temperature and so does our potable water. The change in temperature causes the “Big Blue” to expand or contract aggravating its weakness.
Copper Pipe Replacement
Typical material used to replace a main water line is “K” soft copper tubing, the main concern with copper is the utility company’s treatment plant. The concern is in the products that are used to clean the water they provide, in some cases this process can damage / corrode the newly installed copper pipe over a short period of time.
Well Pipe (Polyethylene) Pipe Replacement
Well pipe (polyethylene) has been in use for over 80 years on well systems. The two main reasons are; well pipe is durable and flexible at the same time and most importantly it does not corrode or have any reaction to aggressive water sources from natural springs or treated water in wells.
We specialize in water service repairs and replacements from the water mains to your home without total yard excavation (trenchless). We install the new water main service through the existing water service.
The Process (Pulling a Service)
The pulling method was developed to permit a yard service pipe to be replaced with minimal impact to the yard, a high concentration of underground utilities and any associated landscaping. This process involves digging at least 1 hole at the county curb box to provide access to the spot where the service pipe connects to the county’s water system.
The service pipe is subsequently disconnected at the curb box and inside the house where the pipe initially enters. A fish tape type device is then fed through the pipe from the county side into the house. The hole in the house’s foundation where the service pipe enters is slightly enlarged to permit the subsequent insertion of pipe pulling adapters and the new well piping. A cable is then drawn from inside the house to the curb box location. This cable is then connected to a roll of new well pipe inside the house via a special pulling adapter. The other end of the cable is connected to pulling equipment at the curb box. The new well pipe is slowly pulled through the old service pipe. A special cutting attachment on the front of the pulling adapter cuts/pulls the service pipe as the new well pipe is pulled through it. In contrast to the trenching water service method, the pulling method results in the new well pipe entering the house in the exact spot where the old service pipe originally entered. The new pipe is connected to the county water system and the in-house piping, and water is turned on to the house. The house’s foundation is patched, the hole at the curb box is back-filled. The water service process is completed. Sometimes in the process of the pulling procedure it is determined that the new pipe is not able to be pulled through the old pipe due to an obstruction or improperly installed original water service pipe. It is impossible to predict these situations in advance. Should the pull method fail we will have to revert to the digging method.
Note: Depending upon certain factors it may be necessary to dig one or more additional holes and perform multiple pulling operations. If this occurs the newly pulled pipes will be connected together.
Why Choose Your 1 Plumber for Your Water Line Replacements?
We are responsible for notifying Miss Utility to mark the underground utilities before we dig and for the acquisition of the proper plumbing permit and inspection by the county/ plumbing inspector. A complete job and peace of mind that it will done properly.
You should ALWAYS choose your contractor wisely making sure they are a reputable, reliable, professional, licensed and insured contractor. Your plumbing contractor should have verifiable references reflecting high standards and pride in their work.
You can check with the Better Business Bureau to see if a contractor has any complaints registered with that organization, thereby increasing your protection from getting unsatisfactory performance and other possible problems. You can contact the BBB at 202-393-8000 or online at www.bbb.org.
Save Health with a Simple Water Line Repair
Do you know that the damages of your broken water line can go way beyond a few hundred dollars on repair? Your damaged water line can suck in harmful contaminants, resulting in bacterial and viral diseases. If you notice signs of leaking or damaged water line, get it fixed immediately to avoid irreparable losses. Contact us to get professional water line repair service in Germantown, MD.