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Main Water Line Installation

Atlanta Water Line repair & Installation

Plumbers in Atlanta provides replacement and repair of main water lines to Atlanta, East Cobb, Marietta, Georgia, Kennesaw, Mableton, Georgia, Smyrna, Acworth, Austell, Cumberland, Powder Springs and surrounding cities.

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How can you tell if you need a full water line replacement or just a water line repair? If you are faced with replacing your water line main, you are not alone. Before making a decision to repair or change your main water lines there are some very important facts to consider.

Here are Three things you should know before starting your main water line project:

  1. The material the existing water main lines are made of.
  2. How old are the existing water lines?
  3. What is the price difference to replace water line vs the price to repair the water main?

Water Main – Water line Materials

Main water lines are generally installed using three types of materials. They are copper, brass, and ductile iron pipe. In many municipalities is not legal to do a repair on a lead or galvanized water main regardless of the condition or age of the water main. So right off the bat, if the line is lead or galvanized pipe a repair is eliminated from being one of your options. Typically galvanized water services provide very low water pressure and performing a repair on such a service will not solve a water pressure problem.

How old is the existing Water Line service

The useful life of a typical water service line is around 50 years. Therefore any water service line over 50 years old is not a candidate for a water line repair and a full replacement should be the only option. Lead and galvanized pipe have not been used for approximately 60 years or more; another reason to never consider a repair of these materials. Another thing to consider is that metal become brittle as they age, and connecting to an existing water service is always a chancy proposition. For the above reasons a water line replacement is typically the job of choice unless the water line is only a few years old.

Get a quote on both replacing and repairing main water line 

An important thing to consider is that many of the costs in performing either a water line repair or a water line replacement are set. Permit fees, restoration costs, much of the labor, tools, and equipment are all required regardless of the scope of work. material costs comprise only around 20% or so of the cost of a water main job. Therefore there is typically not a tremendous difference in the cost of a water line repair and a water line replacement.

A general rule of thumb is that if a repair costs 50% or more of the cost of a replacement, just do the replacement. This rule of thumb can be applied to other purchasing decisions such as when deciding whether to buy “new” or “used”. Most licensed and reputable plumbing firms would agree that an educated and knowledgeable Client is their very best customer. Doing the right job should always be the priority, not just “making a sale”. And knowing when doing a plumbing repair job is unwise and a waste of money is vital information for property owners and plumbers alike.