I have an under ground water leak where they conected a tee for an outside water hydrant, The hydrant is about ten feet from the main line and I think its leaking at the tee. What can expect to find when I dig it up and what will I need to fix it? Hope you can help sincerly Norm
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Re: broken or leaking under ground water line
Norm, I expect you will find a one inch or three quarter inch pvc line running from the meter or pump to your house. If you dig fie feet fore and aft of the affected area you should have enough flexibility in the lines to make the repairs. Yoou will probably nee two to three slip by slip couplings and a tee and elbow of the appropriate size and a short length of pipe. It really depends on where the break is but more then likely it has occurred just behind the hub of the tee. You can possibly gain enough flexion in the lines to reduce parts cost but remember putting something in a state of stress already will greatly increase the possibility for future failure in the area again. Below is a picture of what I think you will find aand how I the repair will look.
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Shut of the water supply to that faucett. Turn on the water at the outside faucet to release pressure. Now loosen the nut under the valve handle with a wrench. Remove the whole valve & stem. At the bottom you you should see a black or red rubber washer. It's held in place with one screw. Remove this washer. Over time this washer wears out. It is what stops the flow of water to the spiggot. You can either replace this washer with a new one from your supply store or you can buy some time by simply turning the washer to the other side. You should see signs of wear on the original side.
Internally there is a long stem that operates a lever valve which is under ground. Which opens & closes as you pull open the handle, and push to close the handle.
The connection at that Rodney some sort, either at the valve or the handle has broke.
it might be able to be located? For repair, if not, it might be time to spend another $50 - $125 or so for another one. There are so many varieties and qualities. I personally would try for the repair, as the repair kits are FAR less expensive. You just have to dig it up and remove it. Then once repaired, reinstall. Just remember: Turn the Main Off.
here is an example of what a repair kit looks like...
Check out the faucet plate mounted on tub side for a good seal. Water can leak down this plate causing it to look like the valve is leaking.
When you are in the shower it splash's water against the valve and water will run down behind it. Check the tub spout and if you have tile check the chaulked joint where tub and wall meet.
Well if it is going to be freezing for some time you could rent a kerosene force heater and keep the underside of the trailer warm to prevent this from happening again until the weathe allows you to insulate the piping. As for the current leak shut off the water to the trailer and buy a couple of Quest Tees and couplings in the 1/2 and 3/4 inch sizes. You will also need a hacksaw to cut the piping. Be prepared to sit the insulation under the trailer and discover that the leak is not in that area. If you can't visually find the affected pipe have someone gradualy turn the water on until it is identified. Once it is you can cut the pipe in two and remove the burss from the pie and slide the couling or tee into place. These fittings don't require glue and one type snaps into place while another using compressionto seal the fitting. Check for leaks on your repair. Give the area a couple of days to dry out and then take some pipe insulation and cover this area of piping. You will also want to carry some duct tape to repair the liner that holds the trailer insulation up as well. Thanks for using Fix Ya.
this sounds like a joint is leaking just but not enough for the water to surface try digging the main line from the meter to the house be careful not to damage any lines under the ground and mind any gas and electric lines. once you find the water line out of the meter trace it to the house as soon as you start digging into mud your gitting close to the leak. once found remove dirt so that repairs can be made