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Leaking Pipes

Traditionally, this problem has always been the domain of the plumber. We receive many calls about leaking pipes, particularly during the winter months.

ORMECO is capable of finding and eliminating leaks in all types of piping materials.

 

Click here for information about what causes copper pipes to leak and what can be done.

Example 1: pin-hole leak

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Water Pipe Leak

A pinhole leak in a copper water pipe resulted in ceiling damage.  Thankfully, the drywall was unfinished, so structural damage was minimal.

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Source of the Leak

We are seeing more of this type deterioration.  In the past, we usually attributed this sort of deterioration to sloppy workmanship; however, water quality is now the typical culprit.

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Completed Repair

For all rigid copper repairs we use ASTM B 88 Type L, hard temper copper; the more expensive, thicker wall tubing.

Example 2: Pin-Hole Leak

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For this repair, we replaced a copper reducing tee and several feet of connecting tubing.  Prior to our arrival, the customer tried to stop the leak by wrapping the joint with electrical tape.

Example 3: Burst Hose

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A hack plumber installed this water heater.  Instead of selecting the correct length braided hose, the plumber looped the tubing; kinking it in the process.  After a couple years, the hose burst, spewing water on the ceiling of the closet.  ORMECO technicians shortened the copper feed lines and installed properly sized braided hose lines.

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Example 4: Underground Leak

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This waterline failed underground next to the foundation wall. There was no pipe sleeve installed, and the pipe was out of alignment with the foundation penetration. Eventually, the pipe cracked. The repair consisted of uncovering the pipe section, cutting out the failed section, and then installing a proper pipe sleeve.  Code requires these sleeves to be 2 pipe diameters larger than the pipe itself, and the penetration and space around the pipe must be sealed.

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Next Steps...

If you need pipe leaks fixed, give us a call.

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