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Old 08-22-2010, 10:59 PM   #1
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PVC Sprinkler Leak at T Joint


My PVC sprinkler system has a T joint at a certain point.

Water has begin to leak out of one of the ends of the T joint. There are no cracks in the pipe, it just leaks out of the T joint over the pipe going into the joint.

I tried putting some PVC glue/cement around that joint but the water still is breaking through.

Is there any way I can seal off this leak without replacing the T joint which would mean cutting apart three different pipe lines?

Is there some kind of combination of glue / cement and a certain tape that will keep the joint from leaking?

Thanks.

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No, nothing short of replacing the joint will solve the leak, unless you believe the TV ads for some kind of miracle putty. However, there is an excellent fitting for only a couple of dollars. It is called an EZ span T. EZ span makes couplings that extend with an O-ring for replacing inline leaks. Simply push the ends toward the center about 1 1/2 inches (in a closed position if you will), measure how much you need to cut out of the damaged pipe then glue and extend the ends of the EZ span over the old pipe somewhat like an old fashioned radio antenna. A couple of years ago they came out with these Ts and they are a lifesaver for repairs at a T in the middle of a run.

BTW- they are only a couple of dollars, maybe three.

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No, nothing short of replacing the joint will solve the leak, unless you believe the TV ads for some kind of miracle putty. However, there is an excellent fitting for only a couple of dollars. It is called an EZ span T. EZ span makes couplings that extend with an O-ring for replacing inline leaks. Simply push the ends toward the center about 1 1/2 inches (in a closed position if you will), measure how much you need to cut out of the damaged pipe then glue and extend the ends of the EZ span over the old pipe somewhat like an old fashioned radio antenna. A couple of years ago they came out with these Ts and they are a lifesaver for repairs at a T in the middle of a run.

BTW- they are only a couple of dollars, maybe three.
Thank you for your response. Do you know where I could locate this EZ Span Tee online? I've tried searching Google but all I've seen is the EZ Span coupler.
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Sorry, don't know about an online source. Any plumbing supply near you should have one but might not find one at the big box stores.
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