Do you have a Broken Water Main or a Leaking Sprinkler Valve related to your lawn sprinkler system? A broken water main can be a messy, costly, and downright disastrous event. Once the problem is recognized, immediate attention must be given to prevent more damage and inconvenience than necessary. Once the location and cause of the break have been determined, speedy repairs can begin.
You’ll know there’s a break in the water main when you see flooding in yards or the streets, or when you see a full-blown geyser shooting water straight up from the ground. This can be an enticing spectacle to view if you are not one of those directly affected or called upon to rectify the situation.
Flooding from a broken water main can be hazardous under mild weather conditions. However, when temperatures are below freezing, serious problems can arise. Anything from ice-covered homes, trees, and cares, to a thick sheet of ice on the streets can develop. Residents in the areas may even be asked to boil their water as a safety precaution.
Depending on the location and size of the break, as well as the amount of damage resulting from the break, the length of time spent repairing the broken water main could last a day or 2, or even for weeks. Unless a break has occurred on your property and is your responsibility, you will be at the mercy of repair and clean up crews.
If you experience a broken water main near or on your property, remain calm. Most importantly, don’t attempt to fix the break yourself. Leave repairs to the professionals, otherwise you could make matters worse by causing additional damage to the line, or by placing yourself in a potentially hazardous situation.