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Old 12-31-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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Leak in pipe to radiator


Is this likely to be a minor fix, or something I should call a plumber for?

I haven't had to troubleshoot pipes before.

Thanks for taking a look. If you need more info to help, please let me know.

The pipes are along the basement ceiling. The one leaking is on the left side.

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Old 12-31-2014, 01:36 PM   #2
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Ayuh,.... Can't really see much in yer picture, too far away, no detail of the leak,....

Looks like those fittin's mighta already been goobered up or something,....
Odd coloration at those fittin's,...
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Cant really tell whats leaking. Picture not clear. May just have to be disconnected /reconnected, and tightened down better. Are those unions with all the goop on them.? Shouldnt need to do that if pipes are lining up correctly.

Not really sure whats going on with all the goop. Please wait for a plumber to look at it, they will be along soon. Thanks.
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Hi Bondo,

Thanks for taking a look. A better picture, I hope. The drip appears to be coming from the large nut in the back.
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Looks like a gas line pipe. Do you smell gas? How do you know they are leaking?

Union may just need tightening. Be careful if this is a gas line. I would call a pro in if it is.

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There's a drip and water is on the floor. That's what got my attention. No smell.
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I've been in the house for about 7 years. The goop, or what's left of it, precedes me.
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Ok so you're sure its water. Try tightening union first, see if that helps. Go from there. If not, main water to boiler will have to be shut off, drained , and line disconnected, threads cleaned, pipe dope/tape, reconnected.

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Looks like the part of the union where it connects to pipe needs to be tightened better. Can be tricky when dealing with threaded connections. May want to call a plumber, they will have all the right tools. About a 30 minute job for a plumber. You'll need 2 pipe wrenches. Just a suggestion.

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Ok so you're sure its water. Try tightening union first, see if that helps. Go from there. If not, main water will have to be shut off, and line disconnected, threads cleaned, reconnected. Sometimes they use pipe dope/tape on the threads.
Ayuh,.... With Two pipe wrenches, you can try tightin' the union,...

I can't tell which way it's pointed, so I can't say which way to turn it,....

The white stuff appears to be the ole original pipe dope,...
just wipe it off,...

Pipe dope is used for the pipe ends goin' into the pieces of the union,....
Not on the union's clampin' nut, or sealin' faces,....
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Thanks for your help, guys!

Yeah, I called a plumber. I don't even have pipe wrenches. Haven't needed them up to this point. Another question, if you don't mind. When a heating system looses water, does it need to be added? Or does that happen automatically? I have a gas boiler purchased by the previous homeowner in the late 1990s.
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Your welcome.

Yes , water would need to be added. Some boilers have auto fill valves some manually. If you have auto fill valve it will be done automactically. Dont know how yours is setup, but the plumbers would know.

Late 90's, i'm guessing you have an auto-fill valve setup on that boiler.

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I know price estimates are difficult to give. Curious though, if the connection needs to be replaced, how much do you think I'll have to pay?
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That is hard to determine and depends on what needs to be done. Can vary greatly depending on location. Best to get a couple quotes from local plumbers in your area and compare, just to make sure you're not getting ripped off.

I would budget around 200-300 dollars. Master plumbers around here get 120.00 @ hour, plus parts if needed and tax. No partial rate, by the hour only. That's why it's best to get quotes locally in your area.
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That is hard to determine and depends on what needs to be done. Can vary greatly depending on location. Best to get a couple quotes from local plumbers in your area and compare, just to make sure you're not getting ripped off.

I would budget around 200-300 dollars. Master plumbers around here get 120.00 @ hour, plus parts if needed and tax. No partial rate, by the hour only. That's why it's best to get quotes locally in your area.
Get a few quotes. Find out what the quote includes for the repair.

2 story house. Takes a while to drain the system, refill and bleed the rads if the unions have to be opened and removed to repair the leak. So could easily 800 bucks.
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