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For water line break on homeowner property

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Can anyone give a referral for a company to fix a waterline break on homeowner property? Seems like a slow leak with water surfacing then pooling. Any ideas of cost?

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Check with the city first. Depending on where exactly the break is, they may be responsible to repair it.

I am a bit foggy on the specifics but I think that if the break is on the house side of the shutoff, it is the homeowners responsibility and if it is on the street side, it is the city's responsibility.

They should come and investigate, at least that's what they did for me way back when.

The valve location should be marked and is about 3 or so feet down but there will be a valve shut off at either the lawn height or just below that you use what is called a "key" to insert and shut off the supply to the house when you dig.

Any competent plumber should be able to do the work if it is your problem but again, check with the city first.
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mexi cali wrote:Check with the city first. Depending on where exactly the break is, they may be responsible to repair it.

I am a bit foggy on the specifics but I think that if the break is on the house side of the shutoff, it is the homeowners responsibility and if it is on the street side, it is the city's responsibility.

They should come and investigate, at least that's what they did for me way back when.

The valve location should be marked and is about 3 or so feet down but there will be a valve shut off at either the lawn height or just below that you use what is called a "key" to insert and shut off the supply to the house when you dig.

Any competent plumber should be able to do the work if it is your problem but again, check with the city first.
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The city might recommend approved contractors.
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Bsuds wrote:The city might recommend approved contractors.
i'm on Rutland Waterworks not city so I'll check with them?
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Yup. Good place t o start.
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Thank you for the responses much appreciated.
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I had it happen on the city side. Water was bubbling up on my property after nearby construction started. The shut-off valve was broken and it couldn't be shut off. The city was quick to dig it up and fix it.

Over time, small holes get worn in the copper pipes. The fix 'might' include replacing all the copper to the home since you wouldn't want to fix a hole then have it happen again next year. Copper gets worn out.

My copper pipe was closer to 5' down.
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Well I got the line repaired. It was on my property closer to my house than the road and about 5ft down. Found out the line wasn't copper it was a black color ... excavation and repairs were roughly $1300 .

Thank you to all who responded and PM'd me, it helped calm my anxiety a lot.
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That seems reasonable. Who did you use?
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I had the water line break under my concrete driveway two years ago in the dead of winter. I made an insurance claim because the water made it inside my basement, causing major flood damage. Long story short, I paid to have a new line put in because the old line was polyb. and was going to probably break again in the future (it broke twice already inside the house). Insurance paid to repair the driveway surface and the damage inside the house. I'm really upset with the poor quality of the restoration companies do because my "new driveway" has more cracks in it than my old 25 year old drive did. Sorry, I just had to vent.

If you repair a line, you should replace the entire thing if it's not cost prohibitive in my opinion.
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