Many homeowners often ask plumbing companies, “Who is responsible for the main water line if it breaks?” The answer is that you, as the homeowner, are typically responsible for the part of the pipe that spans from the curb of the street to your home.

What Exactly Is the Water Line?

To give you a broad definition, your water line is the pipe that runs from the municipal water supply to your home’s plumbing system. While it might not seem like it, the main water line plays a crucial role in your day-to-day life. In fact, the water that comes from that line is what gives you and your family water to drink, cook, shower, clean, replenish your toilet, and so much more.

How Would You Know If There Is a Problem with the Water Line?

A few key indicators of an issue are:

  • There is a sudden increase in your water bill

  • Your water pressure is low, or you are without any water in your home

  • Your water becomes discolored or murky looking

  • There is an excessive amount of water in your yard

  • A sinkhole is discovered in your yard

  • You hear the sound of water running in your basement when water is not being used in the home

Why Would a Main Water Line Break?

There are many different reasons why your main water line could break. For starters, sometimes it’s simply the age of your home and pipes. The EPA states that the average age of a broken water main is 47 years. Another reason for a break in the line could be the material of the pipe. Older homes have pipes that are typically made of clay, steel, or tile, which are materials that are more prone to deterioration over time. Other variables, such as overgrown tree roots, a shift in weather, or even small earthquakes, can also rupture the pipes.

The good news is that if you suspect an issue with your water supply line, an experienced plumbing company can help. A plumber will be able to expand on any questions you have about your water line as well as fix any issues properly.

This article was crafted with the help of Len the Plumber, a Maryland expert in Plumbing. While we strive to provide relevant information to all homeowners, some of the material we publish may not pertain to every area. Please contact your local Best Pick companies for any further area-specific advice.

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