Water Service Connection
Water Service Connection by Morris-Jenkins
Water service connection is how your home gets its water supply. Some homes get their water from the city. It’s treated and pressurized at a municipal water service company and then sent to your home. Other homes get their water from a well, where a well pump pushes it up and into a bladder tank.
Which Water Service Connection Is Better?
There are benefits to both well water and city water! Homes with well water don’t have to pay a water bill, but homes with city water do. However, when it comes to a leak in your home, houses with well water are much trickier to diagnose before damage is done! Homes on city water have the added benefit of a meter that notifies them of leaks in their home earlier on.
How Does Well Water Service Connection Work?
When your home relies on well water, you don’t have the city sending you pressurized water, so how can you get it? Homes with well water have two parts that work together: a well pump and a bladder tank. The well pump works to fill the bladder tank. The bladder tank is full of pressurized air. As the bladder fills, it expands in the tank. Whenever you turn on an appliance in the house that uses water, the pressurized air in the tank pushes down on the full bladder, sending pressurized water into your home whenever you need it. Whenever the bladder gets empty enough, it’ll tell the well pump to turn on and fill the tank back up. This system works great because it keeps your well pump from running all the time and it allows you to have access to pressurized water without needing the city to provide it.
Converting City Water Service Connection to Well Water Service Connection
If you’re looking to change your water service over from city water to well water, we can help! However, we cannot dig the well for you. As long as you already have a well dug, we can handle the rest! Before you jump on converting to well water, we highly recommend you have us out to test the water from the well first. While you don’t have to worry about chlorine in well water, there are tons of other things that could be in it that you don’t want your family drinking.
How Does City Water Service Connection Work?
When your home relies on municipal city water, the city provides your home with extremely pressurized water. Plumbing code says water in your home can’t have a pressure higher than 80psi. The city often sends out water at 150psi or even higher!
To protect your home and appliances, you likely have a PRV (pressure regulating valve) that lowers and regulates the pressure before it reaches your appliances. These last about ten years—the same as the average water heater. Often, when you replace your water heater, you’ll replace your PRV at the same time.
If you’re noticing any of these problems, it might be due to a failing PRV (which would cause too high of water pressure for your fixtures to safely handle):
- Leaky faucets
- Leaky showerhead
- Water hammering
- Squealing toilets
- Multiple fixtures failing at once
We can come out and check your water pressure and PRV to see if that’s the culprit. If it is, we can replace it and get your home back to normal fast!
Thermal Expansion Tanks
Have you ever boiled a pot of water with the lid on? Once it starts to get really hot, the lid rattles because the molecules inside the pot are expanding from the heat. Tanked water heaters (and recirculating tankless water heaters) constantly heat water. When you combine high temperatures and the high-pressure water from the city, that could spell trouble for your water heater and your home! That’s why you’ll have a thermal expansion tank if you have a tanked water heater or a recirculating tankless water heater.
Converting Well Water Service Connection to City Water Service Connection
If you’re wanting to change your water service over from well water to city water, you first need the city to come out and install a meter. Once they’ve done that, you can give Morris-Jenkins a call. We can handle the rest!
Water Service Connection Done the Right Way
When you need help with your water service connection, we’re just a call (or text) away! We make it easy to schedule. We’re here til midnight, and we always have real people answering your calls, texts, and chat messages. We get there faster than anyone so you can get your plumbing back to normal before you know it!
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