Water Line Replacement

If you need a water pipe replaced, Viking Plumbing is ready to make the process as quick and cost-effective as possible.

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Whether you need to replace corroded or burst pipes, or reduce your water bill, Viking Plumbing is here to give you the best service possible. Fill out the form below or give us a call today to get a quote.

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When is Water Line Replacement Necessary?

A water line replacement can be the best course of action in several situations. Like any plumbing, the initial installation of a water line does not last forever. They can be damaged by freezing and thawing, by corrosion, or the material can simply wear out over time. It is also possible for mineral deposits to build up in the water line until they become thick enough to block or significantly limit the flow.

A leaking water line can quickly cause your water bills to skyrocket if left un-repaired. The most common signs of a leaking water pipe are jets of water or puddles suddenly appearing around your property, a sudden loss in water pressure, or a rapid increase in water usage indicated by your water meter.

If you are adding a new addition to an existing home, it can be necessary to reroute or completely replace the existing water line to better serve the new structure. While modern water lines are made from long-lasting and durable PVC pipe, many older buildings still have water pipes made from outdated materials such as galvanized steel or lead. These metals are susceptible to erosion upon contact with water. Not only does this cause the pipe’s walls to thin and degrade over time, but all the material lost from the pipes goes straight into the building’s water supply, possibly resulting in substandard water quality at best and a very serious health hazard at worst. 

If you are uncertain of the quality and material of your water line, we recommend you schedule an appointment to have your line inspected. If a lead or galvanized line begins to leak, it is illegal to repair it rather than replace it with a safer and more durable material.

Lead pipes, in particular, represent a serious health hazard. Lead particulates in drinking water are extremely toxic. There is no safe level of lead in drinking water, and the health effects can be devastating, particularly for children. If you have a lead water pipe, it is imperative that it be replaced as soon as possible. Replacing a lead pipe with a more modern material such as copper or PEX will protect the health and well-being of all residents, as well as improve the value of your home.

What Should I Expect a Water Line Replacement to Involve?

Replacing a water pipe can be a large job, requiring significant skill and heavy equipment. It is usually necessary to dig a long trench along the path of the existing line in order to remove the old one and install the new line. If the path of the old line is suboptimal or cannot be reached due to changes in landscaping, Viking Plumbing technicians can assist you in planning a new path that meets the needs of your present situation.

For some replacement jobs, it is possible to dig a series of smaller pits that can be connected via a small hole drilled through the ground. The new water pipe can be threaded through the tunnels between pits. This option is not always available due to rocky soil or other obstructions, but when it is possible it allows the water pipe to be replaced without the need for extensive trenching, significantly reducing the cost and time necessary for the operation.

A black plastic pipe with a blue stripe lies in a dug trench to supply water to the house.
A black plastic pipe with a blue stripe lies in a dug trench to supply water to the house.

What Should I Expect a Water Line Replacement to Involve?

Replacing a water pipe can be a large job, requiring significant skill and heavy equipment. It is usually necessary to dig a long trench along the path of the existing line in order to remove the old one and install the new line. If the path of the old line is suboptimal or cannot be reached due to changes in landscaping, Viking Plumbing technicians can assist you in planning a new path that meets the needs of your present situation.

For some replacement jobs, it is possible to dig a series of smaller pits that can be connected via a small hole drilled through the ground. The new water pipe can be threaded through the tunnels between pits. This option is not always available due to rocky soil or other obstructions, but when it is possible it allows the water pipe to be replaced without the need for extensive trenching, significantly reducing the cost and time necessary for the operation.

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How Much Will a Water Line Replacement Cost?

The cost of a water line replacement depends on how long and how deep the existing line is. This also takes into account the possible obstructions along the path of the line which may interfere with excavation, as well as variation in soil quality.

If you are uncertain whether your water pipe needs to be merely repaired or replaced entirely, our plumbing technicians will gladly inspect your line and advise you if a repair will solve your problem. We will not attempt to replace a line that does not need to be replaced. We are committed to making sure that our services fit your needs and your budget. Contact Viking Plumbing today for all your water line maintenance, and experience the difference for yourself!

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At Viking Plumbing our professional approach is simple, quality work at a fair price. We take the time to listen to your plumbing needs and then give you a fair and accurate work estimate.

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