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Topic: Pipe or leak repair

Dan Vorona asked:

May 21, 2014

Gregory Brown answered:

Oct 5, 2016

I don't know but there is some mojor problem with my sewer main line. I think it is severly clogged and think that only a professional can fixed it. Which is the best trenchless sewer repairs in NJ.

C E asked:

Jul 16, 2015
Jul 22, 2015

Looks like you could use help of a good plumber or handy man who knows how to work with PVC piping. It's not complicated job, but there are few technics to it. Hope it helps. 

Feb 17, 2014
Nov 18, 2014

Here's what to do if you wake up some frigid winter morning to find a water pipe frozen solid:Step 1: Open faucet so steam produced by your thawing activities will be able to escape.

Step 2: Start thawing pipe (see pipe-thawing options below) at faucet, and work back toward other end of frozen section. As you melt ice, water and steam will come out open faucet. If you started in the middle, steam produced by melting ice could get trapped and build up enough pressure to burst the pipe.

Pipe-thawing options: There are several things you can do to thaw your home's pipes. Here's a list:

  • Probably the most popular and safest pipe-thawing option is to use hot water. Wrap and secure heavy towel or burlap bag around pipe to concentrate and hold heat against it. Place bucket under pipe to catch runoff water, then pour hot or boiling water over towel.
  • A less messy but far more dangerous heat source for thawing frozen pipes is a propane torch equipped with a flame-spreader nozzle. With this heat source, you must be extremely careful to prevent torch flame from damaging or igniting wall behind pipe. A scrap of fireproof material between pipe and wall is a good precautionary measure, but the way you use the torch is the main element in safe pipe thawing. Keep flame moving back and forth. Never leave it in one spot very long. Be especially careful if you're near any soldered pipe joints. Pass over them very quickly or else they may melt and cause leaks, and you'll find that you have a much more serious plumbing problem on your hands than a frozen pipe. Caution: Never use torch or other direct high heat on plastic pipe.
  • If you want to avoid the messiness of thawing with hot water and the danger of melting soldered joints with propane torch, try heat lamp or hair dryer as heat source. These work less quickly but are much safer.

To thaw a frozen drainpipe, remove trap, and insert length of garden hose into pipe. When you can't push hose any farther, it has probably reached the ice. Raise your end of the hose and feed hot water in through a funnel. This way, the hot water is sure to get to the problem area. You must be careful when using this technique.

Until the ice melts and drains down the pipe, the hot water you pour in will back up toward you. Have a bucket ready to catch the overflow, and be careful not to scald yo

urself.

John Ford asked:

Feb 17, 2014
Aug 21, 2014

John

I would do what Paul said but I would take an additonal step of capping the sprinkler heads where they are easy to get to with a half dozen of 1/2" PVC caps.  Then you are increasing the pressure on the leak and you will find it much faster and expend less water. 

Philip

HDR Remodeling Berkeley Ca

Dan Vorona asked:

May 21, 2014
Jun 2, 2014

not sure about the product used in your home. we usually pack the joint with oakum. then we use hydrolic cement (water plug). followed by tar on the outside. hope this helps. email with any questions. kevin@mrplumbing.com

Dan Vorona asked:

May 21, 2014

Rob Owens of VTS Homes, Inc. PRO answered:

Jun 1, 2014

You definitely should not have any leaking.  I suggest you call a plumber to come look at the issue.

John Ford asked:

Feb 17, 2014
Apr 29, 2014

Hi John, 

Turn on your sprinklers for the zone your leak is on and let it run. The area where the leak is will cause the ground around it to be soaked and water logged more so than any other area. There is your leak.

Good luck!

Feb 17, 2014

Marty Brummel of M.K. Brummel PRO answered:

Feb 18, 2014

If you are leaving the house, you definitely want to shut the water off to the house, in case the water line bursts. Otherwise, if you can find the frozen area, you can take a hair dryer to the spot to slowly thaw the pipes. Don't het the pipe quickly, as this will most likely cause the pipe to burst. Just always be ready to shut the water off to the entire house and have a bucket near. Good Luck.

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