Outdoor faucet repair

Discussion in 'Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum' started by tate16t, May 6, 2011.

  1. tate16t

    tate16t New Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm in need of a little direction on repairing my outdoor faucet. As you will see a crack has appeared. Can someone offer suggestions on how to fix this. The downspout leads to my outdoor sprinkler system.

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  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    What I see appears to be a split in the pipe on the lower left corner of the photo. The simple answer to the question is to cut the split out, solder a new piece of pipe with couplers on each side. I would guess you did not winterize the system in the fall. I don't recognize the device in the center of the picture. Is that supposed to be a back flow preventer? You definitely need one if you are using your domestic water supply for lawn irrigation, but I've never seen one that looks like what is pictured.
  3. tate16t

    tate16t New Member

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    Thanks for your reply. The split is on the center piece which I believe is the BPD. There is no split on the pipe itself.
  4. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    You need to cut that out and install a backflow preventer.
  5. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Good Morning all,

    If the Valve is working, and just leaking then you can clean the crack , and use J-B WaterWeld to fix the leak.

    J-B WaterWeld works good and last a long time. My be worth trying.

    Have a Great day.

    DonL
  6. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    You wouldn't make a habit of drinking water out of the toilet, would you?

    That valve has been frozen, and there is little doubt that it will not be sealing. A properly installed backflow preventer is the only thing that prevents contaminated irrigation water from being pulled back into the homes drinking water. Doing this wrong could make everyone in the house very sick, or worse.

    The first think that should be done is to find out what type of backflow preventers are permitted in your area. The local plumbing inspector or a local plumber will know. Do not turn that branch of the water system on until it has been properly repaired.
  7. Smooky

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    It looks like it froze and I see that you are from New York. I would cut it all out and put in a proper frost proof hose bibb with anti siphon vacuum breaker. Then re do the connection for irrigation, you could connect it to this new hose bibb or connect it under the house and bring it out and you do need a proper vacuum breaker for you irrigation line.
  8. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    That is a check valve, and it is NOT an approved "backflow" preventer for an irrigation system, unless ALL your zone valves have integral vacuum breakers on them, but then you would not need the check valve either. Take it out and install the correct type of valve, either a "pressure backflow preventer", or a "reduced pressure zone backflow preventer" whichever your area requires, but NOT an "atmospheric vacuum breaker".
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