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Old 11-25-2016, 06:59 PM   #1
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Main Water Line Basement Entrance - Does this look OK?


I've attached a picture of where my main municipal water line enters my basement through the floor.

I don't have any problems with it, but until recently the hole was sealed by some packed in rags covered in spray foam... this was not great to look at so I figured I would investigate. I believe this was the result of the installation of the ball valve. Does this connection look ok?

I'd also add that at the bottom of the ball valve there appears to be some green corrosion, which seems to be from water condensing on it? It is winter here, so the incoming water is cold, is this normal?

This brings me to the real question, which is what is the best way to seal this up? I was thinking maybe some gravel and then a very thin layer of cement so that if one needed access to this pipe under the floor that it would be relatively easy.

I think it's a lead pipe, is there anything I should be careful with as far as chemical interactions between the pipe and concrete?

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Old 11-25-2016, 08:29 PM   #2
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The hole should be clean up a bit and filled with concrete or hydraulic cement.

I can't tell for sure the fittings look low. They should not be buried in the concrete.
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Here are some additional pictures.
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Is that a copper line connected to a galvanized nipple to the valve?
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100% of the time those old steel pipes are going to fail at some point and leak at least.
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