How much water can there be in your system?

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Old 03-09-19, 11:00 AM
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How much water can there be in your system?

I'm attempting to sweat on some new water lines today but I can't get the pipes drained. I cut into both hot and cold in the basement only after turning off the water valve at the tank (I have a well) and opening all the fixtures in the house to let it drain for maybe 10 minutes. I've done this many times at this house and it never takes this long. I have emptied three 5 gallon buckets from the water running out of the lines. Any ideas?.
 
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Old 03-09-19, 11:10 AM
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Maybe the shut off valve at the well is not completely stopping the flow of water.
It should drain 99% in a minute or two and then it will drip for hours.
 
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Old 03-09-19, 11:18 AM
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Make sure the water valve at pump is all the shut, Maybe turn pump off. A small trickle use slice of bread stuck in pipe., It will soak up water so you solder the connection. Bread will dissolve come out when water turned on. Make sure the hot water tank is off. Another way is use shark bite fittings. Cost more but much easier
 
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Old 03-09-19, 12:27 PM
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Well wouldn't ya know, 2 minutes after starting this thread it stopped. I've got it done now. I did turn pump off then hot water heater and closed it's valve. I've never seen anything like that.

I've heard about the bread thing but haven't tried it yet.

Thanks for the replies.
 
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