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Old 07-22-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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OMG...how long does it take to drain the water from your pipes?


Ive been emptying buckets for like 2 hours...

I have to work on the lowest drain in the house and I've probably emptied like 50 gallons of water. When is this going to stop?!
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Definitely takes longer than you expect. Why are you doing it with buckets instead of a hose?
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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I can't attach a hose to the basement valve, it's not threaded. I think our shutoff is faulty. 30 year old gate valve. I'm going to just install it since they are quick connects.
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Hope your going to change it to a ball valve.
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Anyway to just open some outside faucets to drain some of it?
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If it is going as strong 4 buckets in as it was when you started then I would be looking at the main shut off valve not setting correctly and you might try to close it again.
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Yep--sounds like a bad main shut off---look at the meter--many newer meters have a shut off built into it----
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How big is your home.... I think your shutoff is bad... especially as I think you said gate valve very old.... you may have to go to the street valve.

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Ive been emptying buckets for like 2 hours...

I have to work on the lowest drain in the house and I've probably emptied like 50 gallons of water. When is this going to stop?!
Usually stops at about a bucket- or less. Especially if all the faucets are off.

You got a valve issue.
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I can't attach a hose to the basement valve, it's not threaded. I think our shutoff is faulty. 30 year old gate valve. I'm going to just install it since they are quick connects.
Just a suggestion, unless your going to solder, you don't need to drain all the water out of the pipe to install sharkbite quick connectors.

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