Older homes will inevitably need a water main either repaired or replaced. The water main is a very important and integral part of any household, so it is necessary to keep it well maintained in order to avoid serious problems.
A plumbing contractor will be necessary if building a new water main into a new home, replacing a water main that has finally expired, or repairing an existing main. Individual water lines are connected to city water mains, so there are a few special considerations to remember before commencing any of the above.
Call the Local Public Works Department
The public works department will need to know beforehand, so they can mark any other lines in the vicinity. Since there is usually digging involved, it is important to make sure that no gas, power, or other lines are damaged while repairs or installation of a water main is in progress.
Follow all local ordinances, including the acquisition of any permits necessary, before beginning any work. Failure to do so could result in fines.
The plumbing contractor will be a great help in the permit process, because contractors are very familiar with all the local ordinances pertaining to their profession.
Important Details - Most people do not even think about where their water comes from or how it gets into their homes, so when problems occur, they are completely unprepared. Problems with the water supply often lead to water damage, especially if the problem goes unattended to for a while. The time between the discovery of the problem and the arrival of the plumber can sometimes be very crucial.