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  • Worked on a really strange leak yesterday and today. (long story..but it will sur

    Worked on a really strange leak yesterday and today. (long story..but it will surprise you)...

    Customer calls..got thinks he's got a main water line that got broken by tree company he used.....soo Plumber and the gopher get out there ...got a nice amount of water bubbling up humm..wait that's your drain field on 1 of 2 septic tanks for the house (Big house)..the tree service truck just crushed open a drain field pipe..

    ..soo pop open the main clean out..got water flowing thought the drain...meter is spinning like a top...soo turn off all the stops...nope still flowing..turn off hot water heater..nope still flowing....

    So plumber does the electronic leak check thing...got massive echoes all over the place....soo hook up air compressor...can hear air in vent(s)...from a few feet away...Now Plumber how has been doing this 30+ years...is scratching his head..

    Soo run camera up the main drain....looks like water entering the line about 10ft in....jack hammer up small bathroom floor...find the spot...its a 2" branch off (not a true Y)..with alot of what looks like silicone ..fat...chunks..that obscured the "Y" and made it look like a hole....soo run camera up 2" line......about 18ft and get a lot of air bubbles entering the line...sooo jack hammer up hole #2.(under the bed) dig about 3ft below the slab...Find the 2" pvc drain line....with a 3/4" copper line running along the top of it....hummm Soo dig under the bedroom wall...into the corner of the laundry room on the other side.....find the leak...but it seems to be UNDER the wall.... soo now go to other side and jack hammer up a hole in the corner of the laundry room...under and exterior wall and the shared wall of the bedroom and laundry room...finally get to were we can solve the mystery...

    The 3/4"copper line developed a hole....and it blasted down on to the 2" pvc drain line from the washer......made a hole....so the copper line leak was going right into the pvc drain line it was sitting on top of it....filled up septic tank one...and crushed / split drain field pipe was just letting water bubble to surface....

    The electronic leak detector was getting echo's from the drain line....vents and every where else...so could not locate it.

    Plumber I was with..and owner of company were both scratching their heads....and surprised with what we found.


    I attached a picture of the hole in the pipe..pipe still in place.
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    Re: Worked on a really strange leak yesterday and today. (long story..but it will sur

    great story, appreciate you sharing it.

    Horrible for the owner, 3 holes in his flooring and his slab, hate to see the plumbing bill, and also the repair bill for the flooring and all.

    great story, glad you found the problem, a lesson for all of us.
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    Robert

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      Re: Worked on a really strange leak yesterday and today. (long story..but it will sur

      Kudos to your plumber, Gopher, for knowing how to hunt for the leak.

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