What to do with slow copper tee leak?

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Old 05-02-05, 07:42 AM
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What to do with slow copper tee leak?

There's a 1/2" copper supply tee in my crawlspace that has an very slow leak...maybe 1 drip every 10 minutes or so.

1-Is it going to just blow one day if I don't fix it?
2-If I need to fix it, can I just reheat the joint and add solder? Or, any problem using those gray plastic pressure fit tees?

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Old 05-02-05, 07:46 AM
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First thing you have to do it drain ALL the water out of the pipe and fitting. I would heat it and take the joint apart. While still hot, wipe off the excess solder. Reflux the pipe and fitting and resolder it. Have not heard the plastic tee you mentioned. Good luck with your project.
 
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Old 05-03-05, 01:57 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I looked at the tee again last night and...it's not leaking...bone dry....no water mark in the dirt ?! calm before the storm?
 
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Old 05-03-05, 09:32 AM
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Are you sure it was the tee leaking and not water running down from some other leak above? I don't think it will ever just blow apart but if it get a stream shooting onto your floor joists, it could be nasty. Mold loves to have a dark moist place to live. Keep an eye on it. Good luck.
 
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Old 05-03-05, 09:54 AM
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Could also be a build up of lime or calcium got into it and it stopped for a time . Id sure keep an eye on it. Or take it apart now and resolder it.

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Old 05-04-05, 05:51 AM
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Thank you for all your advice.
 
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Is this a cold water pipe in a warm area, or vice versa ? You could be looking at condensation. If so just insulate the pipe.
 
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