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How can I find out what type of water pipe runs underground from the water meter to the house (water service pipe)?
Saturday, August 3, 2019
The best place to look is in the water meter box at the house-side of the water meter in the yard. You might have to dig down through a layer of dirt in the box to find it.
"At an older house, if you find galvanized on the house side of the meter then you can know for sure that it has not been replaced,” according to master plumber James Freeman, of J.W. Freeman Plumbing, our go-to guy for these questions. "If you find PVC, it could have been replaced or it may be that the meter was changed, an irrigation system was added right there, or a repair was made. It could go back to galvanized a few feet further down the line. It's hard to know for sure without exposing a lot of the line."
Another place to check is in the ground near the front of the house and below a hose faucet, because often the water service pipe runs from directly below the hose faucet to the water meter box. You may see a shutoff valve barely above ground or buried a couple of inches down, like in the photo below. Dig down further to find the supply pipe.
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