The service is 1" lead pipe and there's a pin-hole leak just as it comes
up out of the concrete floor before the meter. Any ideas on fixing this
cheaply? It's in a tavern and they don't want a long down time.
It may be possible to clean the area and just solder it shut. It is also
possible to open up more damage than is already visible. That would mean
rather extensive downtime.
If it is a lead service, it is probably more that 50 years old and full of
potential problems, especially right at the point it comes into the
building. Lead was common for service in the 1940s.
If it was me, I'd contact a reliable plumber and have the service replaced.
It may be down a few hours, but planned ahead, it is much more timely than a
break in the middle of the night. While the new line is being put in, it
may also be possible to get water from another source, such as a hose from a
neighbor. Depending on location, it is much easier to do before it is very
cold and the ground is frozen and a whole 'nuther set of problems comes into
play. You don't need 12" of ice in the street and quadruple the excavation
i figure it's galvanized pipe.
if it's lead you could whittle it with a pocket knife.
before monkeying around with a main, test the floor drain and sump pump
and curbside shutoff, you will need them standing by.
try mixing up some 2-part epoxy putty and wrapping it onto the leak as
tightly as possible with rubber stretch sticks to itself expensive
galvanized has a tendency to heal its own drips overhead, but you may
have a rusted away line at the concrete.
the leak is on the free side of the meter, but start planning fro a new
main to the curbside shutoff. if it's actually lead you'll be replacing
it entirely to the street main with a new curbside shutoff. or whatever
your city may require.
you may run a drinking water quality white hose from the friendly
neighbor's to your hose sillcock thru a double female adapter or a
washing machine double female. with your main off you'll be using the
neighbor's water as long as it doesn't freeze. we've put these
temporary hoses in 2" pvc to keep them warmer in cold weather but
usually still have to trickle the water thru them so the water won't
The hole is the least of their problems! You get FUCKING LEAD POISONING
from a lead pipe, not to mention the liability from their customers
how can you even think about patching this major health hazard for them and
still sleep at night?
see, this is what lead does, it makes you stupid, did you happen to drink
some of the water or ice at that tavern, by any chance?
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