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amakarevic 11-26-2007 08:09 PM

underground curiosity
just curious - what happens if a buried cast iron or PVC pipe develop a leak ? how bad can it be ? if it only leaks, say 1% of the discharge.

i am sure some of the pros have seen this scenario ...

it is not happening to me but was curious since i just buried some drain plumbing ...

Marlin 11-27-2007 06:23 AM

Sometimes lines can leak for years before a leak is noticed because the ground will suck it right up. Sometimes you will notice it right away due to clogs caused by a bad break filling the pipe with dirt, etc. Sometimes you notice it right away from a sewage smell or sewage coming up. It really depends on your situation. The solution in any case though is to dig it up and replace the leaking potion.

LawnGuyLandSparky 11-27-2007 10:36 AM

If the line is relatively straight, I think they can be lined, no?

Marlin 11-27-2007 05:25 PM


Originally Posted by LawnGuyLandSparky (Post 76615)
If the line is relatively straight, I think they can be lined, no?

I never heard of that and it would probably take almost the same amount of work if not more to line it as to replace it.

That one Guy 11-27-2007 08:11 PM

Relining is piontless on most lines. I prefer to dig it up and replace it 100%

scrapiron 11-27-2007 08:14 PM

A while back we replaced the drains in an old house that had had a damp basement as long as the occupants could remember. The old cast had several rotted out sections under the concrete. The concrete was old with a clay soil underneath, causing the moisture to wick up through the floor. New pvc, dry floor.

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