A cracked or severed underground water line is a vexing problem that few homeowners ever want to face.
By separating this project into manageable steps, you can repair your underground water line by yourself, or at least take on some parts of it, thus reducing the project's overall cost.
Prior to digging in your yard, you should always have utility lines marked by your local utility location service.
DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE A LEAK
Some common indicators of a leak in your underground water line include:
> Water meter indicator is spinning even though no water in or around the house is turned on
> Mushy, soft spots in yard
> Recessed or swelling lawn or ground
LOCATE THE LEAK
Once you know the general area of the leak, pinpoint its precise location.
TURN OFF WATER TO THE HOUSE AND AT THE STREET
Open the metal water meter box. Locate the valve beside the meter, on the house side of the meter (not the street side).
DRAIN WATER FROM THE TRENCH
Bail water from the trench with a bucket. Toward the end, drain the rest of the water with a shop vacuum on wet mode. REPAIR THE WATER LINE.
TEST THE REPAIR
Examine your repair under pressure to make certain that it is secure.
If you are not confident about your ability to turn the project around in a satisfactory period of time, you'll need to call in a plumber.