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Old 09-21-2010, 07:43 PM   #1
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My husband turned off the water for the sink in the bathroom both hot and cold, checked it. He was home for an hour before he left, checked it again before he left- went for 1.5hrs and when he came back water was coming down from the bathroom upstairs to the room below
Does anyone know what could have happened? Why would it have sent that much water when the valves were turned off?
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:02 PM   #2
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do the pipes move around when he did whatever he did? if so, maybe there was a enough wiggling to break a solder joint back in the floor or wall, out of sight. an extra check for making sure your water is off is to look at your meter, when evertyhing is turned off. None of the needles should be moving.

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no it was actually leaking from the top of the pipe as if someone turned the water back on- really odd
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Gremlins

happens alll the time



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gremlins thats funny
Oh and he let the water out first into a pail-
I was wondering if the valve could somehow be faulty and turn itself back on? I have no idea, it was a Lot of water
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Valves do fail when they are old and have been sitting it the on or off position for too long. That is common with under-the-sink and toilet valves. The newer ball valves are supposed to be less prone to failure.
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thanks when I think about it this was my grandmothers place and I dont ever remember them turning the pipes off for the sink- toilet yes because it had leaked but never the sink so they have probably been in the on postion for over 10 years- its not that the pipes are bad but that could explain it
can new valves be purchased usually?
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Yes, they are very common and always in stock. My vote is for the quarter turn ball valves typically they are either a straight line if the pipes com straight up from the floor or right angle valves if the plumbing comes out of the wall. They look like this but this may not be exactly what you need.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

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ok I will show him- maybe thats what it was because he said when he went upstairs to see the problem he turned the valves again and he could turn them a little bit, so maybe they were loose or old- of course it was the hot water one that was leaking the water.
oh lord he just told me the valves on there are saudered on and thats a big production, cutting pipe etc.....
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there's no way it could turn itself back on. Blow the stem out ? maybe. maybe 1 of the lines broke. No way to know without checking, what type valve etc,If it's a old plug type valve. Probably the packing nut leaking

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since he found it spewing water over 8hrs ago and turned the valve again just that little bit -it has not leaked at all or gushed water- thats why I believe it might be with the shut off valve-
I just dont know how to replace it since the old one is sautered on and I think that would be a big project
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since he found it spewing water over 8hrs ago and turned the valve again just that little bit -it has not leaked at all or gushed water- thats why I believe it might be with the shut off valve-
I just dont know how to replace it since the old one is sautered on and I think that would be a big project
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not bad
Turn water off , drain water. heat with torch to melt solder. Remove valve. clean pipe & new valve, flux & Re solder, turn water back on, check for leaks
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oh lord I better have a plumber do that-
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oh lord I better have a plumber do that-
If you have 2 or 3" of exposed copper pipe below or behind the valve, cut them off and put on compression valves. No soldering required.

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