Service Line Repair

On April 26, 2017, I received a call from a customer stating that the grass in front of her house is saturated with water and the area is turning to muck. I asked her if her if she had watered her grass in the last couple days and she told me no, as a matter of fact, she had not irrigated her lawn in the last 4 days. Furthermore, she told me that her leg sunk into the ground, up to her ankle, while walking near the problem area investigating the cause of the leak. When I arrived, the area was as she said, and the depression was still visible from where her leg sunk into the ground. I removed the top layer of grass and called for a Vactor truck to excavate the area. I know, many of you in the construction field are saying to yourselves, why called a Vactor truck? Why not just hand dig the area to expose the leak? I believe in working smarter not harder, let the machinery perform the work it was designed to do. Furthermore, by using the Vactor truck, I was able to get to the leak faster and repair the leak faster than I would if I were to excavate the area by hand.
Once I exposed the leaking pipe, it appeared that it was either hit by something or there was a defective in the pipe and over time the constant pressure caused the pipe to rupture. If you are viewing the gallery of pictures you will see the leaking polyethylene pipe and next to is the Vactor truck tube that was used to remove the dirt and expose the leak. Also, will see the two brass C.T.S. (Copper Tube Size) compression coupling used to make the repair on the reclaimed water service line. Most of the newer housing developments use polyethylene water and reclaimed water service lines to supply water to homes but there are older neighborhoods that use copper tubing as service lines to supply water to homes. The C.T.S. compression coupling can be used on copper tube service lines and polyethylene water service lines, as well. FYI, the color of the pipe lets you know the type of water that should be flowing through the pipe. Blue pipe represents potable domestic drinking water for the home and the purple pipe presents the reclaimed non-potable treated wastewater, which is mainly used for lawn irrigation purposes in Florida.

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