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kennykenny 12-26-2007 05:25 PM

Leaking PVC Pipe
 
I have a pipe that is coming down through the ceiling from the second floor that has is leaking and I need some assistance on how to repair it. It appears that the leak could be leaking from a pipe elbow connection(I don't know which end of the connection that it is possibly leaking from). I realize that the water could be leaking from above and just ending it's journey on the underside of the elbow. The problem that I have is that I have limited access to the pipe from below. I am reaching up to the pipe through a light hole cutout in the sheetrock. I can reach up to the two ends, and underside, of the pipe to feel the leaking water. Does anyone have any suggestions on a fix to the possible leaking elbow connections from below? I am attempting to see if it is possible to repair without cutting a hole out of the sheetrock. Or is this the probable end result? Does anyone think that "epoxy putty" might possibly work to seal the two ends of the connections between the straight pipe and the elbow? Thanks!

bigMikeB 12-26-2007 05:29 PM

Unless it froze and cracked why would you think it is leaking now when it hasn't in the past? Cut the hole and I think you'll find it's coming from upstream.

kennykenny 12-26-2007 05:32 PM

I thought that possibly the connection seal had somehow come apart. Maybe this doesn't happen?

bigMikeB 12-26-2007 05:33 PM

Not without being disturbed by an outside force.

jerryh3 12-26-2007 05:55 PM

Does this pipe go out through the roof?

kennykenny 12-26-2007 06:04 PM

no....

Mike Swearingen 12-26-2007 07:13 PM

In lieu of cutting a hole at first (although I think that you'll probably have to in the end), you can try drying off the fitting with a dry rag or paper towel and then swabbing both edges of the fitting with PVC "glue" to see if that doesn't do it.
Mike

jpplumber 12-26-2007 08:13 PM

Patching drywall is not the big a deal. I am not sure what type of pipe size you are talking about and whether it is under pressure or is a drain or vent line. Regardless it is best to cut it out and fix it.

ranman469 12-26-2007 09:53 PM

i second that locate the leak and fix. left alone it could cause a mold issue.


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