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"How can I tell if there's a problem with my main water line?"
If your main water line is damaged, you’ll likely have some flooding in your yard. (There may be swampy puddles throughout your lawn, for example.)
Other signs of a main water line problem include reduced water pressure and multiple clogged drains that are getting clogged at the same time.
"I think my water line is frozen, what should I do?"
If you suspect that your water line is frozen, you should call a licensed plumbing professional right away. (You may also want to shut off the main water supply to your home, to ensure a pipe doesn’t burst.) All main water lines are required to be buried below the frost line, to ensure that the pipes don’t freeze, and are typically 6 inches or more in width.
"Am I responsible for paying to repair or replace the main water line to my house?"
In most cases, you’re responsible for repairing your home’s main water service line. This is the line that runs through your property, from your home to the city or town’s water main, which is usually located on under a street that sits on public property. Your town or city is responsible for any damages that occur to the water main.
"Does homeowner's insurance cover your main water line?"
In many cases, homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover the repairs to a water line unless there was a sudden, accidental cause of the damage — digging in your yard and chipping one of the pipes, for example.
Problems that are caused by maintenance issues, such as including age and general wear and tear to the water line, aren’t usually covered.
Still, the answer can vary depending on your individual insurance plan. If you have any questions about your coverage, call your homeowner’s insurance agent. If your current plan doesn’t cover main water line damage, you may be able to purchase a supplemental insurance plan that will cover it.
"How much does it cost to repair or replace the main water line to my house?"
The cost of repairing or replacing a main water line will vary based on what’s causing the damages and how long your water line is.
The cost of repairing a main water line, according to HomeAdvisor.com, can be:
$150 to $300 for a faulty valve
$100 to $200 per foot of broken pipe
The cost of replacing a main water line — due, for example, to corrosion from acidic soil —can be:
$600 to $5,000 for the entire water line (the cost can vary depending on the length of your water line and the type of pipe material you use.
Once your main water line is replaced, it should last for 50 years or more.