Well plumbing drip

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Old 07-25-06, 05:54 PM
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Well plumbing drip

I have a slight leak coming from my well plumbing, there is a drip about every second. The plumbing also looks corroded and am wondering if it should be replaced, or if there are any other options. All plumbing was installed 8 years ago.

 
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Old 07-25-06, 06:07 PM
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I love looking at pictures.

Tell us where it is leaking from. Wipe off everything and see where it is coming from.
 
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It looks like it's leaking from both the galvanized piping as well as the copper joint. It would be a relatively simple job to turn off the pump, drain the pressure tank, and replace the piping. I'd recommend replacing it all with copper as galvanized tends to clog with hard water and leak (as you've seen). The old galvanized pipe may also be significantly clogged by now if your water is hard at all.

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The leak is at the joint just below & left of the pressure gauge, all the other moisture I believe is just condensation.

(Just got called backed to work a few moments ago, so I feel better about having it replaced)

Would you recommend I call a well installer or a plumber?

Thanks for your help
 
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If you are *not* handy...this is what *you* can do to save big $$$$$. Shut off the power to the well. Drain the valve. Hacksaw the galvanized pipe in half. Unscrew both halves. (Take them with you when you go to the store) Measure between the two female couplings that each end of the pipe went into. Now go to your local big box store or plumbing store and get two pipe nipples that when combined with *union* fitting, that the whole thing when 'made up' will be the right length. (The total overall length will be about 3/4-1 inch longer than the measurement between the fittings as the excess will be what gets screwed inside each end.) Somebody at one of these two stores can help you out with this. You can even take them your digital photo to show them. This is an easy job. Be sure to also buy teflon tape AND teflon pipe dope. Wrap all the pipe threads, only, with teflon tape, and then coat them with teflon dope. Do not put any sealant, dope or teflon tape on the actual *mating* portions of the two halves of the union. You can apply plumbers grease to the threads that pull the two halves of the union together.
 
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