Removing plastic tee to install in-pipe heating system

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog. Water is life.' started by Patty Bates, Sep 28, 2021.

  1. Patty Bates

    Patty Bates New Member

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    At my cottage I have a 100 foot, 1-1/4" black poly pipe for lake water intake. To avoid potential freezing this winter, I'm going to install an in-pipe heating system.
    The poly pipe goes through the concrete block foundation and immediately hooks up to a plastic tee. It then goes up and away towards the intake jet pump. In order to install the in-pipe heating system, it needs to be installed "in-line" and the plastic tee needs to be removed.
    The issue is that the steel clamps around the plastic tee appear to be covered in concrete. I'm wondering, what's the best way to loosen those clamps and remove the plastic tee? I was thinking about carefully "chipping" away at the concrete but I want to ensure I don't damage or crack the incoming poly pipe.
    Thanks,
    Patty

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  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Chipping the concrete may work, but also be ready to excavate outside the wall and make a connection there.
    You don't really have anything to work with there.
     
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