New York City Broken water main repair & Replacement

If you are having issues with your water, we can help.

Sometimes the city will need to make repairs or replace a section of pipe because it has been damaged by an accident or age. We have been helping residents with their plumbing needs for years and know what it takes to get the job done right.

We will assess the situation when you call us for this service. We will let you know if we can repair or replace it for you and give you an estimate for the cost of both options. If you choose a replacement, we will schedule the work quickly so that there is no disruption to your home or business.

Who is responsible for damaged water pipes in New York City?

The homeowner is responsible for the water pipes from the street to their property line. If they are damaged and need to be replaced, it is up to the homeowner to pay for them.

The homeowner is also responsible for any damage from a leaking or burst pipe inside their home. If you have a leaky faucet or toilet, you can call a plumber to come to fix the problem.

How do you know if your main water line is broken?

Water leaks can be detected by observation, such as low pressure on your taps or receiving a 3-day notice violation from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, DEP. The violation notice is normally issued to properties and homeowners highlighting water line leaks and requiring repairs. Not all violations require immediate attention. Some are given more time.

A small leak from the house water main may be granted more time, while major leaks may warrant immediate work. At Plumbing NYC, we work to resolve all water main leaks and help you resolve the 3-day notice violation from DEP.

Sometimes the DEP may issue a violation while the leaks do not necessarily originate from your property. At Plumbing NYC, we adhere to the standard protocol to begin by opening the roadway and terminate the connection to the NYC water main. This should stop the leak. However, if it does not, our plumber will alert the DEP for possible errors in the 3-day violation notice. A sound test may be conducted to access the actual location of the leak.

It is important to note that the DEP is highly accurate, and once issued with the 3-day violation, contact Plumbing NYC to assist you in clearing the violation.

What Causes Water Mains to Break?

Several potential factors contribute to the failure of water mains:

Age: The older a water main is, the more likely it is to break. As pipes age, they become brittle and crack or split open due to corrosion. This can cause leaks that lead to flooding or other serious problems.

Environment: The environment can also affect the condition of your pipes. The sun's ultraviolet rays cause corrosion in metal pipes, while other environmental conditions can make them brittle or susceptible to cracking or splitting open.

Pressure: Too much pressure on a pipe can also cause it to burst or break open. This happens when too much pressure builds up inside the pipe from the high demand for water from nearby houses or businesses. The excess pressure causes the pipe walls to expand beyond their normal capacity and eventually burst open under pressure.

Traffic: Heavy vehicles driving over buried pipes can damage them, causing leaks or complete ruptures.

Construction nearby: Construction around buried pipes can damage them, causing leaks or breaks in the pipe wall as well as joints between sections of pipe that connect at intersections with other lines.

Signs you need water lines repair

If you have a leaky water line, it can be more than an inconvenience. A leaky main water line can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home and property, not to mention the health risks of some types of leaks.

It's important to know what signs indicate that your main water lines need repair. Here are a few:

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is one of the most common issues homeowners have with their main water lines. If your house has low pressure in more than one area — such as your shower and kitchen — it's probably an issue with the main line.

Water Spots on Walls & Ceilings

Water spots on walls and ceilings are another warning sign that indicates something may be wrong with your main water lines or valves. These spots are usually caused by mineral deposits building up inside pipes over time due to a lack of maintenance or aging infrastructure.

Dirty water

If your water is discolored or dirty, it could be due to several things. It could be because there is sediment in the water supply or possibly a problem with your pipes.

If you notice dirty water, you should call a professional plumber to identify and repair the problem as soon as possible. Dirty water can lead to serious health issues, especially for children and older people.

Vibrating noise from water pipes

If you hear a vibrating noise coming from the water pipes in your home, there is probably an issue with the main water line to your house. This can happen when there is a leak in the line.

Professional Water Line Repair Services

When it comes to water line repair, you need a professional plumber. Water lines are steel and plastic pipes connecting your home to the city's main water supply. When leaks or breaks occur in these lines, they can cause serious damage to your home and property.

The best way to protect yourself against costly repairs is by hiring a professional plumber from Plumbing NYC. Our experienced plumbers are experts at repairing leaks, breaks, and other problems with your water lines. We'll assess the situation and make sure your plumbing is safe and reliable before we begin any repairs.

We offer 24/7 emergency services, so you can call us anytime, day or night, if you have an emergency water line leak or break in your home.