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Water Main Installation Seattle

Seattle Water Main Installation Services

The water main is important in every home or business as it connects the house or the building to the primary water supply. The water main is like the major artery that connects to the small arteries that supply water.

Water main is an underground principal pipe used to distribute the water through smaller pipes on the way to homes and businesses. Water main is the most important pipe in the system of pipes.

Seattle water main installation is the addition of main pipes to convey water supply in any building.

Working with water mains and installing them is a long and hard process, especially for inexperienced plumbing contractors. If you need help with your mainline issues, Einstein Pros is here to fix them. We have years of experience in plumbing history, specializing in all drain, sewer, or mainline services.

Here at Einstein Pros Seattle, we have plumbers who are experts, particularly in water main integration, installation, and repair.

Know more about Water Mainline Installation:

Before Excavating

The first step in every Seattle Water Main Line Installation is excavation. It is done by digging a passage for the pipelines that plumbers need to install. However, plumbers need to consider the different factors that might affect the water main installation before digging.

  • Plumbers have to check for ground frost conditions; plumbers need to know the frost level of the area so they can estimate how deep the excavation will be to prevent pipes from freezing underground.
    Plumbers have to check for groundwater conditions as they may affect the installation process.
  • Plumbers have to check the traffic load over the pipe as it may cause damage to the pipes, and foreign materials might seep through a crack in the pipe, contaminating the water.
  • Plumbers have to check the type of soil the water main is being installed. It is to make sure that the soil is intact and will not erode easily. Knowing different soil types can also help the plumbers prevent the seeping of groundwater into the installation project.
  • Plumbers have to check the size of the pipe to be installed to make the work efficient and continuous.
  • Plumbers have to check the surface restoration required in the area or site. All disturbed areas must also be restored or rehabilitated to better conditions.
  • Plumbers must check the depth of other utility lines that must be crossed or paralleled by the water main to prevent or avoid overlaying of pipes.

Trench Depth

The trench depth depends on the size of the pipe, climate, traffic load, and other factors. That is why plumbers must make sure that they have the necessary information before starting the installation process.

Trench Width

The trench width is also important for water main installation because it allows plumbers to install the pipes correctly.

The minimum depth allowed for proper joint assembly should not be more than 1 to 2 ft (0.3m to 0.6m) larger than the outside diameter of the pipe.

Bedding Process

Bedding is preparing a platform for placing pipes (PVC).

Plumbers must keep in mind these safety precautions when bedding.

  • Leveling boards are used to ensure that there are no voids or gaps and high spots; the grade must also be correct.
  • The bottom of the trench must be compacted and leveled properly so that the pipe would not moving in its place and that the pipe has firm and continuous support.
  • In different soil types, special pipe beddings are specified by the engineers.
    If the trench bedding cannot support the pipe, plumbers need to dig for another 12 to 24 inches (300mm to 600mm) deeper.
  • Another process of bedding is launching. It is putting a bedding material around the haunch of a pipe. It increases the load-bearing capacity of a pipe.

Laying the Pipes

The third process is laying pipe. Before laying, the pipe also needs to be thoroughly checked before installing.

The pipe needs to be inspected for any damages; any damaged or rejected pipe or not in good condition is replaced. The pipe must also be clean and free from unwanted foreign materials like dirt, oil, grease, animals, etc. Hypo chloride solution is recommended for quick and proper cleaning. During the placement of pipes, the pipes are rolled. It must be lowered by hand or with the help of mechanical equipment. A sling must support the middle part of the pipe, and plumbers should ensure that the inside of the pipe is clean during the installation.

Joining the Pipes

Joining a pipe is the most crucial part of the process of water main installation. It must be done correctly to minimize leakage, ensure its proper function, and have a long-lasting water main service.

Pushing on Joints

In making ductile iron or PVC pipes, push on joints the groove and bell socket of the pipe must be clean. Apply lubricant to the gasket of the pipe, make sure that there are no sharp edges as it may damage or dislodge the gasket. A small pipe is pushed inside the bell socket, and to ensure that the pipe is not damaged, timber head and backhoe buckets are used.

Connecting to Existing Mains

Plumbers can either connect by a new tee or make a pressure tap when connecting to existing mains. A tee fitting is inserted in existing mains. However, if this process is used, existing mains are disconnected for several hours, and household consumers might not be happy about having their water turned off for a period of time.

At the same time, informing the community of water disconnection takes time. That is why pressure taps are mostly used because household consumers won’t be stressed out with having their water supply turned off. It also has a low possibility of contaminating the water. Using pressure tap is faster, and fire protection in the area remains in service.

Water Main Installation is not a simple and easy task. Therefore, it is important to ensure that a licensed, insured, and experienced plumbing contractor is contracted in water mainline installation, water main repair, and water main integration.

Water Main Installation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much does a water main installation cost per foot?

Water main installation costs an average of $50 to $150 per linear foot. However, some areas, and hard-to-access lines, might run up to $250 per linear foot. The type of material you choose also affects the price since copper costs 4 to 7 times that of PVC.

What are your payment methods?

Einstein Pros Seattle accepts cash, credit cards, and cheques for payment methods. You can check our website to check the following payment cards that we accept.

How do I know if I need to change my water mainline?

You can tell by the signs you have observed from your house if you needed to change or install a new water main line in Seattle. Here are some signs that you need to observe:

  1. If you see your lawn with water or see soggy spots, it indicates that the water line is damaged or leaking.
  2. When you experience a sudden drop of water pressure in your house, it might be that the water main is damaged. You should call a professional plumbing company to check your water mainline.
  3. When you notice the water isn’t crystal clear anymore. It is uncommon for the water to be discolored or see some amounts of rust in it.
  4. Your water bill suddenly increased from the usual water bill you have been paying. It just might mean that the pipe is leaking or your water main is damaged, dislodged, or cracked.
  5. When you notice or see your water with floating small materials when you make a visual inspection, call your plumber immediately.
  6. When you taste the water has a different taste, water should not have a distinctive taste; it’s not safe for you to drink it or use it for cooking.
  7. When the water has a smell, same with the taste, water should not smell.

How do I contact you for your service?

Please contact us through our hotline number: +1 206 539 4800 or send us an e-mail at [email protected]. We operate from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Except holidays)

How do you connect the mainline?

We locate your main water supply; then we dig a trench; we do this to hide your pipes underground to protect them from freezing temperatures or other factors that may cause damage to your pipes. Then we find the correct pipes that we will use to connect each pipe, measure the pipes and clean them, and making sure that the pipe is free from any foreign material and the inside of the pipe is not clogged or damaged. Then we make connections using PVC couplings to connect to the threaded end of the water supply to your home.

How long does it take to install/repair a water mainline?

Water main installation or repair varies depending on the area or site and damage of the water main. A simple water main installation or repair may take up to 6 -8 hours, but large and complicated projects may take days or even weeks.

What causes a water main pipe to leak or break?

It can be due to extreme weather conditions like freezing and melting cycles or even drought and extreme heat putting too much stress on some of the pipelines and damages them.

Does it matter if my water main line is copper, lead, or galvanized piping?

If galvanized and lead lines are intact and in good working condition, they are safe, but they’re completely replaced from the water mainline once they are damaged. Copper lines are repaired. If you have concerns about your line’s material and water quality, you may contact us for inspection, and we will conduct a complimentary water test.

What should I do if I see water on my property?

If you see water or standing water on your property, call us at +1 206 539 4800, so we can help diagnose the problem or take immediate action if need be.

How long have you been operating?

Einstein Pros is locally owned and operated and has been serving customers for more than 25 years.

Is your company licensed and insured?

Yes, Einstein Pros is fully licensed, bonded, and insured. We also have licensed and insured technicians with exceptional customer support.

Why should I choose your company?

You need a company that you can trust to provide you quality and reliable services. Especially when it comes to your home’s plumbing, you have the option to choose from different plumbing companies.

We at Einstein Pros Seattle make sure to deliver quality and give you a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

We also provide upfront, flat rate pricing during our visit, giving you competitive and affordable options. Our priority is to solve all your plumbing issues efficiently and professionally.

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