Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
Question about broken main water pipe
We recently moved from Michigan to the mountains of N. Carolina for the summers. We were in our new NC place from about Nov 5 to Dec. 1 moving in and getting settled. We then winterized the house and left. A few days ago, I got an alert from the water company that we were using excess water at this NC home. This is a bit unusual since I had turned the main water valve off prior to leaving. I looked at the daily water consumption on line and saw that our usage of water went from 20-200 gallons a day to 900 gal/day for the last week we were there and steadily rose thru December to about 1450 gal/day for the last week before Xmas. The city came and shut the water off at the meter on Dec. 22nd and the water usage immediately dropped to zero. We have someone checking the house and they looked all through it and found no water anywhere in the house including none in the basement. This is not a surprise since the main valve where the water line enters the house was turned off.
The conclusion from this is that 1) I’m going to owe a big-a$$ water bill but, more importantly, the water pipe from the meter which is in the ground near the street to our house is leaking. This is only about 50 ft. This is really strange since it was leaking 400-900 gal/day for the last week we were there and I mowed the front yard just before we left and there was no mud, wetness, soft spots, etc. Since then, it has been leaking at a rate of ~1450 gal/day and the person checking our house says there is still no evidence of any water in the yard. The total water leaked out is about 25,500 gallons (3409 ft3 or roughly a 26 ft x 26 ft x 5’ deep swimming pool) that was over a period of about 1 month.
My questions for y’all are:
1.Could this much water drain down through the soil without evidence on the surface?
2.This one might be for the folks from that part of the country. How deep are the city water lines buried in the mountains of NC – elevation is about 2200 ft? I don’t think they would be too deep – maybe 24 inches.
3.How big a trench is needed for a repair to be made on this line? I plan to dig the trench by hand and if it just needs to be down to the pipe and 6” wide, that is not too big an effort.
4.Any advice on how this kind of repair is made? Does the entire pipe have to be replaced or do you just cut out the broken section and replace it with good pipe?
Thanks for any advice you can offer.
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