Affordable sewer and water line replacement and repair
Is your irrigation line broken? First locate where exactly the brake is in order to fix it. Now to determine whether it is in the main "constant pressure" or in lateral zone line. The main pipe delivers pressurized water from main water source to the lateral zone lines. If there was to be a break in the main water line, you'll see water leaking or "pooling" in a large quantity, that is even if the water system is turned off. If in the lateral lines there is a break, you will see only when the system is on, it will pool and surface as well.
How to Fix it? Well, there are few ways to fix it. For main line break turn off the system. Dig where the water is pooling and determine what the type of pipe is, such as; PVC or smaller type of pipe. Dig and remove the soil around the pipe. If your line break is in a poly pipe that is usually used for lateral lines, expose 1 to 2 feet of the pipe length and remove 2 to 3 inches of soil on either side of the pipe section. For a PVC pipe, which is usually used for main lines, expose at least 2 feet of the pipe length and 6 inches on either side of the pipe. Inspect the pipe damage to determine what caused the line break. Possible causes include frost and frozen water damage, cracks or holes caused by lawn aerators or other equipment, damage from deep-growing roots, bad installation or defective pipes and fittings, or punctures from digging animals. Purchase a new length of PVC or poly pipe, at least two new fittings and any other materials that need replacing, such as sprinkler heads. Select the correct fitting and pipe sizes that match your existing system.
Replacing a Poly Pipe for a Lateral Line Replace a broken poly pipe with a barbed fitting. Measure the new fitting.
Measure a length of the damaged pipe that is the same length as the new fitting and mark the measurements on the broken pipe. Try to ensure that the damaged area is in the center.
Cut the damaged section of pipe using pipe cutters, following your measurement marks. Thread the barbed ends of the new fitting pipe into the cut ends of the lateral line.
Place a pipe clamp on either end of the fitting and crimp the connections closed.
Replacing a PVC Pipe Cut and remove the damaged section of PVC pipe using pipe cutters. Cut the pipe at least 2 or 3 inches beyond the damaged area on either end of the pipe. Remove any pooled water from around the PVC pipe. Dry and wipe the cut ends of the piping clean using a rag. Insert one end of the telescoping repair coupling to one of the cut ends of PVC pipe to test the fit, which should be snug. Remove the repair coupling and apply cement glue to the outside of the repair coupling’s ends and inside of the PVC pipe’s cut ends. Insert one end of the telescoping repair coupling to one cut end of the PVC pipe. Extend the repair coupling to the other cut end of the PVC pipe and insert it. Allow the glue to dry and set before testing the system.
This can always be tricky, accidents can happen when replacing water or sewer lines with there being so many pipe lines in the ground! So be aware of where your lines can be before doing any work, or even be okay with possibly having to fix it afterwards!