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When it comes to your property’s water lines and water mains repair in Seattle, our team at Master Bore, LLC will always tackle your underground utilities projects with care and efficiency.

We handle residential and commercial underground utilities projects, and our contractors are trained to handle any services that attend to your property’s water lines and water mains. Ranging from repair to replacement, we are the team for the job — every time.

Though they may usually be an afterthought, your water mains and water lines hold a higher reign of importance than you might initially think. Our pipe crews are highly trained and experienced to install water mains of all types and sizes.

Whether you’re searching for a team to handle your new construction or to repair your existing water mains and water lines, our team at Master Bore is trained to get the job done right the first time with minimal disruption to your property. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate.

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What Causes Problems In Your Water Main?

Water main and water line issues aren’t your typical run-of-the-mill plumbing problems. They usually call for a different type of expertise than most of your local plumbers tend to offer.The water main is the primary pipe responsible for bringing water from its communal source into your home or business. Another thing to keep in mind is that water lines and sewer lines (that carry waste and water away from your home) are two completely separate pipes.

There are many reasons pipes can break, but here are the most common ones that we experience here in Seattle:

Corrosion in the soil surrounding the pipe.

In city environments, corrosive materials in the soil are much higher than they are in rural areas. Over time, corrosive materials in the soil eat at the outside of the pipe until the material eventually becomes brittle enough to break.

Changes in Pressure Take a Toll

 As the water temperature changes, the pressure inside of the water main changes. As the material weakens, this pressure change can cause damage. This can also occur when fire hydrants are opened and closed improperly.

Construction work and excavation.

When contractors — or even homeowners — aren’t careful as to where they “put down their shovel”, it’s entirely possible for their tools to damage or break water pipes unintentionally. This requires immediate attention!

The material is just plain old.

Pipes are subject to getting brittle and breaking more easily as they age. This is especially true with water mains that were constructed with cast iron which has a hard time flexing as the water pressure expands within them.

Why would you need water line and/or water main repair in Seattle?

First things first: A water main is a water supply pipe that is used for the general public or for community use. A water line is a pipe that runs from your property water meter to your home.

We always recommend a proactive approach when it comes to water main and water line repair. Your water mains and water lines are usually out of sight and out of mind — until a leak occurs.

The moment you realize your water lines or water mains need repair or replacement, take action immediately to prevent further damage to your property. Here are a few signs you might notice that’ll tip you off to reach out to Master Bore for water line repair.

You Hear Rumbling Sounds

This is one of the first ways a water main leak will show itself. If you hear noises in the pipes inside your home or business, don’t just dismiss it. Get them checked out right away; the peace of mind alone is worth the inspection.

You See Water In Areas It Shouldn’t Be

When a water line breaks, water will show up in places it obviously shouldn’t. When a water main breaks, you might see it bubbling up into the street because it has nowhere else to go. 

Other than that, you might see abnormally wet spots in your yard or even sinkholes. It might also show up as puddles in your home, especially under your sink or on the floor.

If you are seeing any of these signs, you don’t want to hesitate in calling us. Letting the issue go any further will lead to even more water damage and require you to spend even more in the long run.

Wet Spots Around Your Water Fixtures, Ceiling, Or Drywall

If you notice discoloration around fixtures (and you know there isn’t an issue with the fixture itself) it could be a sign that there’s a leak in your water line.

The problem could also show up on your drywall and ceilings as wet rings. These are the clearest signs of water damage and should not be ignored.

Your Water Bill Has Spiked

If you’re noticing an unexplained spike in your water bill, it could be a sign that there are issues hiding under the surface. When pipes are leaking underground, it may take a while for the physical signs listed above to manifest.

However, if you monitor your water usage, you can catch this issue before it manifests itself as physical damage to your property, especially if the leak is still on the smaller side.

There’s A Low Amount Of Water Of Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be a sign of all sorts of plumbing issues. However, if you recognize a sudden drop in water pressure throughout a wide range of fixtures on your property, it could mean that your water main is in a state of disrepair. Master Bore can examine your main water line and ensure no repairs are needed.

These aren’t the only situations that might call for assistance from an underground utilities professional. If you’re unsure about your situation or if you have any other questions, reach out to our underground utilities services experts at Master Bore today. Our team is equipped with the technology and know-how to make a thorough inspection and determine the exact cause of the issue.

Seattle’s Underground Water Line Requirements

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Seattle has several requirements for your underground water lines and water mains. Here are a few you should keep in mind:

  • The connection of your pipes must be to the city’s union only.
  • All outside water pipelines must have at least 2 feet of ground covering from all angles.
  • All work must be in compliance with the up-to-date Uniform Plumbing Code.
  • Water lines must be brass, copper SS, DI, CPVC, PE, PEX, HDPE or PVC. Plastic pipe (which isn’t approved through the foundation) must have pipe that is studded out with 2 feet of an approved material.

Choose Master Bore For Your Next Underground Utilities Project

If you’re looking for an underground utilities contractor you can trust in the Seattle area, look no further than Master Bore, LLC. We are licensed, bonded, and insured, and we value safety, integrity and teamwork. Our family-owned-and-operated business puts customer satisfaction first, and we guarantee to provide you with high-quality work on every single project we take on.

For more information about our residential and commercial water main and water line repair services, or to schedule a free estimate, contact us today.

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