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  1. rdinatal

    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Need some help to determine if I have a main line leak. Must be able to work in MeckCo.

    I removed tree and stump by hand as I know the water line is close. The hole has a bit more water in it then expected. The meter only moves .1 over 30min. (Don't know if ice maker cycled)

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    If you’ve got a valve between the meter and the house, try closing it and check the meter again.
     
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    Jeppo Very LARGE Member Supporting Member

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    Or, if you’ve got a valve under the sink, in the line to the ice maker, close that one and check again.
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Ah, good, didn't think about those. The main house and sprinkler backflow valves. Will recheck in an hour or so...
     
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    Jeppo Very LARGE Member Supporting Member

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    You probably wanna close the sprinkler valve and drain the lines anyway. ;)
     
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    What Jeppo said.
    and

    That will be $38.50 please.
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Self draining once the valves close. I usually wait till after Thanksgiving to blow out the backflow valve but that might happen now.

    Still testing...
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    The stump is out. Very wet and I can't tell where the water is coming from. :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(

    I can see the low flow 'star' moving, very slowly. This is the meter after an hour with all valves shut.

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    How far from the meter to the stump?
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    About 6ft.
     
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    I’ll tell you what I’d do...

    Given that the leak is very tiny (at least so far :rolleyes:), I’d do nothing until next weekend. That, in hopes that enough water would leak out to let me find a soft spot. Then, that’s where I’d start digging.
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    The stump hole is the soft spot. I hate to start digging more, hit the line and it really leaks. Then it's an emergency call out, etc.
     
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    The alternative might be to wait until first thing on what's predicted to be a warm(er) day. In the meantime, arm yourself with pipe, couplings, glue, primer, etc.. Then, turn off the water at the valve and go to town with the shovel.
     
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    Use a piece or wire to witch it. Yes it works. Should be able to find the ditch line this way. Really shouldn’t be hard to find. We used to listen to water line breaks under ground with a stethoscope and a piece of lead on the end. Probably 3/4” line. Cut a piece out and clamp it in, or it’s it’s copper you can shark bite a new piece in place and fix it pretty quick.
     
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    Grits I'm a Dirt Bag. Charter Life Member

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    Check toilet flapper in tanks. Might be slow leak you're looking for.

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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    From what I see the main valve is for 8-10 houses along my street. I think I'll let someone who does this for a living take the chances.
     
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    There’s gotta be a valve on the outlet side of your meter.
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Not that I noticed but I'll look again. It will need to be after I get back from Raleigh just found out my daughter is being induced and should be delivering sometime tonight.
     
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    Congrats grandpa!
     
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    I haven’t looked in decades...now that I think of it, maybe it’s before the meter.
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    You're the one who asked!?! You don't know???
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Thanks, grand kid #4. The first girl.
     
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    Nope...I try not to dig around my water line. :D
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Which is why I don't want to...
     
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    ronn47 Where's the Scotch? Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    You're done for now.
    I've got 2 G-sons and 2 G-daughters, they have me around their little finger and know it.
     
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    The valve is before the meter, so it can be replaced or repaired.
    You'll have a valve there some where.
     
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    Burt Gummer Nuts over Lil D and Poll Editor Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member Supporting Member

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    There is a “curb stop” as they call it on the city side of the meter setter. That’s how they turn ya off and lock it ifn ya don’t pay up
     
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