Water Leak Repair – “Why’d they do that?”July 3rd, 2013 by Joe Burgess
At last week’s City Council meeting, someone asked about a “sample pipe section” that was on display.
At time, a small leak can be patched, similar to one of the seven shown above, instead of replacing a section of pipe.
When a pipe is cut and replaced, the entire section has to be turned off, leaving possibly dozens of customers without service. When the repair is completed, the system then has to be flushed to remove contaminants.
When a “patch” is applied, it can be done, with the water pressure reduced, instead of cutting the water service to customers, and the line doesn’t have to be flushed.
Sometimes replacing a section is requred, but often patching is an effective solution.