How to drain my water pipes

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by rtfgvb, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. rtfgvb

    rtfgvb New Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    sorry if this is a newbie question, here goes...i am repairing a leaky joint in my copper water supply lines. i know that to drain the pipes i should shut off the water supply and open the highest and lowest faucets in the house. the leak is in the basement, which is unfinished. the lowest faucet in the house is still higher than the leaky joint. how do i drain this pipe?

    i have considered opening the drain valve at the bottom of the water heater. i would rather not haul that much water out of the basement, but is this my only option? thanks for any help...
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2007
  2. Dunbar Plumbing

    Dunbar Plumbing Master Plumber

    Apr 18, 2005
    Service Plumber, Outdoor Temperature Relief Owner
    Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Area
    Where the piping rides along the joists between support hangers, jam a tool or piece of pipe betwen the pipe and the joist; this will drop a belly in the pipe long enough for it to pool and get the solder joint closed up.

    Be quick about it and don't waste time. That water will eventually fill the belly up and continue the way it was.....leak..
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