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Old 03-27-2019, 06:45 PM   #1
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Got a call from one of those national maintenance companies that manage the maintenance of chain stores. Something about no water pressure in an 8 month old new construction auto parts store. Since our job today fell short we took the job.

Get there, odd that an auto parts store has more than one bathroom for the employees.... but, back to back, everything thing has good pressure, but the men’s stool supply just trickled even with the the stop completely off with full pressure on. All copper, and done by an out of town company. And oddly no inspection sticker.

Obviously a blockage in just the 1/2” line before the tee. So without cutting the FRP right away we used a few tricks. After about 20 minutes of work we dislodged a bunch of sand and pebbles.

We’ll have to see how they pay. Our contact asked about drain cleaning and video service, which would be my company.
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:53 PM   #2
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The pirate wannabe plumbers had probably a bundle on the ground laid upright and most likely mud got packed in.
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The pirate wannabe plumbers had probably a bundle on the ground laid upright and most likely mud got packed in.

I disagree. We have a place around here that for whatever reason gets lots of dirt/pebbles when they work on the main water lines while the adjacent buildings do not. Their tap must be on the lower side of the main.


Even without something inherently wrong this can happen on city water. I would ask the town hall if their was any work done near by recently. They won't pay the bill but if there hasn't been work done recently and it happens again than they may have a break somewhere. At the least you could sell them a whole house filter to stop this from happening again.


If you have ever been in a pool with jets you may notice that when you cover a jet with your finger that it actually creates a vacuum. This happens because the water moving past a dead end tee will create turbulence and a low pressure zone. The same happens with dirt pressed up against a crack in a pipe.


I sold a clear water filter housing to that building with the repeat sediment clogs. It's pretty cool how big some of the pieces are, like 1/4" sometimes, usually just 1/16" and smaller. Obviously they don't draw off the top of the pipe.






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Ive seen water main breaks fill pipes with sediment and rocks... like your said sometimes when a repair gets done dirt gets in... I once found a really old coin that had been in water main for a long time.. got stuck in the y strainer on a 2" back flow
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I disagree. We have a place around here that for whatever reason gets lots of dirt/pebbles when they work on the main water lines while the adjacent buildings do not. Their tap must be on the lower side of the main.



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This one was a couple years ago, broken main line on the city side.
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The pirate wannabe plumbers had probably a bundle on the ground laid upright and most likely mud got packed in.
After 8 months of working fine? Most likely a recent main break.
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This one was a couple years ago, broken main line on the city side.



LOLZ!!!! You should post that abortion in the winners thread. Someone used electrical conduit and fittings for water lines!!!!! What kind of hack would do that?




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I have found wood splinters/sawdust in stops and faucets. There is so much construction going on around here, 300 house developments going up in 6 months. 5 of them within 5 miles of where I live.

Tons of stuff getting washed into existing homes when they tap into mains, or repair, or whatever it is they are doing.
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Here’s one from a city water shutdown. No rocks but a lot of dirt
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