Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Mike Lamb

Fixing water main leak

Recommended Posts

This main is leaking on the street side of the valve. I think the supply is lead. How difficult/expensive

Click to Enlarge
tn_201122142314_GEDC0716_420.jpg

28.42 KB

of a fix is this? This is Chgo. and there's about 50' to the street if that matters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If it's leaking @ the swaged joint (yes, it's lead pipe), you might get out for $800-1200. They have to shut off the water @ the street; big problem right now because there's 2 feet of snow on everything and the ground is frozen. Lottsa variables that can take the number up a lot.

$10K - 12K for a new main. Cost of repair is about $3k -5K if they have to excavate, IF they can find the leak.

Of course, I know of a couple repairs that came in around $1200-2000, but those are anomalies. First, you have to find a plumber from Local 130 that isn't going to stick a blowtorch up the customers behind.

They'll be excavating most of the yard to find the leak if it's "normal".

Also, the City will want to stick a meter on it nowadays; that guy is from the old days when water was on the tax bill.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

depending on the citys rules on repairs you could also cut the line just before the leak and install a lead/copper repair coupling and run a short piece of K copper to a new ball valve.

not sure about your area but around omaha utilitie equipment is best place to find parts for lead water service repairs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, the lump is the swaged joint. You might be able to repair it with a coper coupler like plummen said, but if it's leaking elsewhere.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...