Water Service Lines

 

The Water Delivery System (WDS) is comprised of two subsystems including:

 

Water Service Lines (WSL)

 

  • The system of pipes, fitting, valves etc. that connect the water main with a house and deliver potable water from the water supplier

 

Water Supply System (WSS)

 

  • The system of pipes, fittings, valves, etc. that connects plumbing fixtures and appliances with the WSLs and supply hot and cold potable water to faucets, showers, toilets, and other plumbing fixtures or appliances

Water Service Line Services

GPS Plumbing offers a broad set of Water Service Line services including:

 

Leak Repairs

 

  • We Find Leaks
  • We Fix Leaks
  • We quickly and efficiently get your water flowing leak free

 

Replacements & Installations

 

  • We install new PEX or copper piping from the water meter and tie it into the Water Supply Lines

 

Maintenance

 

  • We annually inspect the water line
  • We detect and repair any problems that could cause future interruptions and loss of potable water to the home

More About Water Service Lines

Warning Signs of Water Service Line Leak

 

Following are some common warning signs that indicate that a water service line many have a leak:

 

  • Unexplained unusually high water usage bills
  • Unforeseen and unexplained flooding or pooling of water usually adjacent to the underground water service line route
  • Extremely low water pressure
  • Constantly sound of running water

 

If you notice or experience any of these warning signs call GPS Plumbing - you most likely have a water service line leak or rupture that requires immediate attention.  GPS Plumbing repairs, replaces, and installs water service lines across cities in North Dallas, Collin, and Denton counties.

 

If you have a water service line problem, we will provide the most appropriate repair or replacement solution that:

 

  • Minimizes cost
  • Mitigates property damage, and
  • Restores a home’s water service in the shortest amount of time

 

Water Service Line Water - Leak Causes

 

The most common causes of water line ruptures or leaks in our area include:

 

Freezing

 

  • Makes pipes brittle,
  • Brittle pipes break a tendency to crack or break

 

Corrosion

 

  • Acidic and water saturated soil destroys the exterior metal of the iron and galvanized pipes
  • Corrosion over time causes iron and galvanized pipes to rust, leak and rupture

 

Aging Water Pipes

 

  • Water pipes loose strength and durability over time and become brittle
  • Brittleness combined with high water pressure increases the likelihood of leaks, fractures, and breaks

 

Physical Damage

 

  • Water pipes accidentally damaged by construction work or renovations create leaks, fractures, or breaks

 

Excessively High Water Pressure

 

  • When pressure inside the pipe is greater than the strength of the pipe
  • This condition causes pipes to leak or fracture

 

Poor Workmanship

 

  • Improperly installed joints and high water pressure
  • Cause leaks, ruptures, and breaks in the water line

 

Polybutylene Tubing

 

  • The presence of chlorine compounds in water will cause deterioration of the internal chemical structure of polybutylene piping and the associated acetyl fittings
  • The deterioration, or chemical corrosion, leads to perforations of the pipes and fitting and their subsequent leaking or bursting.

 

Repair or Replace Decision Criteria

 

When to replace or when to repair a water line is a frequently asked question.  Our recommendations are based on the following:

 

Service Line

  • Age

Consideration

  • The useful life of a typical water line = ~ 50 years

Recommendation

  • Replace – when water service line is over 50 years old
  • Repair – when water service line is less than 50 years old and not lead or galvanize steel and if repair is legal and makes economic sense

 

Service Line

  • Code Restrictions

Consideration

  • Many municipalities restrict repairs of lead or galvanized steel water service lines regardless of their condition or age

Recommendation

  • Replace due to code requirements
  • Only legal alternative

 

Service Line

  • Repair or replace cost considerations

Consideration

  • If service line repair is equal to or greater than 50% of cost of a copper or PEX replacement

Recommendation

  • Replace

 

Water Service Line Materials

 

GPS Plumbing recommends:

 

  • Copper
  • PEX

 

As the pipping materials for a water service line replacement – both are code complaint and are modern materials designed for long years of service.