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sewer pipe leak question

ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,686
edited 1:51AM in Off Topic
I have a septic system, & the sewer pipe has developed a small leak right where it goes into the concrete slab in my laundry room. My plumber tells me he has to break up the concrete to rip out the pipe & install a new one... which all sounds reasonable, but I keep thinking that since it is not under pressure, there may be some 'substance' that can be applied to the pipe where the leak is to stop the leak??? Does such a thing exist, or did I dream this in a semi-conscious state thinking I was watching some sort of infomercial? Thanks for any help
happy in the hut
West Chester Pennsylvania


  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    What kind of pipe is it( I know,a sh!tpipe),but what is it made of?
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,686
    spark, its a copper pipe, pretty thin too from what I can see
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Is this the dream that you had? :lol:|sm|go
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Dang,copper eh?If you can see the leak,I would think that he could solder a patch on it,but I really don't know.I was hoping that it was PVC(much easier to fix).I wish I could help ya mang :blush:
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511

    If yer gonna solder it.....don't make it boil :sick: :S :blink:

    Little Steven
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,050
    A few house remodels ago on This Old House they had a similar problem that was horribly deteriorated and would have cost a fortune to replace. There is a product that is placed inside the old pipe, is expanded and then hardened. Maybe that will ring a bell with someone. I recall the house was across the bay from Boston and belonged to two sisters who each had a floor of the house. Hey Stike - can you help me here?
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
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  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Is your leak above or below the concrete level?
  • Plumbr44Plumbr44 Posts: 212

    Are you thinking of that pipe-lining service? The sad thing about copper DWV systems is that they corrode from the inside out. Additionally, if they perforate a concrete floor or wall without a sleeve that too can cause degradation through a type of electrolysis.

    Zippylip, feel free to email me if you need additional advice. Just click on my name and e-mail away, or use [email protected]
  • i'd try jb weld PC seven.... or "shoo glue"
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