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Repairing A Water Line

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Repairing A Water Line
A broken water line is frustrating and can be expensive both in utility and repair costs. However, you may be able to make the repairs yourself and save money. This is a guide about repairing a water line.
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February 19, 2010

My daughter-in-law passed this on to me recently. She was dealing with frozen and broken water lines under her mobile home in the extremely cold weather last month. My son travels in his work, and was 900 miles away, so she had to take care of the problem.

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A plumber friend gave her this tip. When you get your new pieces in place, if the water is seeping through the pipe, it is hard to get the pipe to seal before the sealant is washed away from the joint.

Before you put the pipes together, form a soft ball from a slice of white bread, and push it into the pipe. Then quickly put the sealant on and put the pipes together. Make sure the ball is not too tight, and the water will wash it on through, but give it just enough time to seal the joint.

Source: Third hand tip from my daughter-in-law, Nena, as given to her by a plumber friend in Missouri.

By Harlean from Arkansas

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February 20, 20150 found this helpful

For the last few days we have had issues with the water in our home. This morning we have no water coming out. We have well water and have called the people who do the upkeep. They say the issue isn't with the well. We own our trailer and everything above the ground is ours to deal with. Does anyone know of a low cost plumber that can look at our pipes?

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By Lolo M.

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February 21, 20150 found this helpful

Are you in an area with below freezing temperatures? Could your pipes be frozen? I don't know if there is such a thing as a "low-cost plumber" unless you find someone who works for cash. You would be better off talking to your neighbours about reliable plumbers they have dealt with.

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