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At the risk of getting shredded, I've got a problem I need to run by you guys. Was wandering around the house, getting ready to pull lights down and I hear water running. Look around and I've got a stream coming out from under my siding. Pull the siding up, cut a hole in the drywall and I find a grey plastic pipe, 'bout 2" in diameter that was set in the wet concrete stemwall. It's located within an inch of the outer edge of the concrete and had taken a hit from one of the siding nails. The nail hadn't completely punctured the pipe but I think the deep freeze we had here last week caused freezing and the pipe to split at that weakened spot.

I turned off water at the street, drained house pressure and the pipe continues to drain. My boy had just taken a shower so I'm assuming it's a drain line, not a supply line. It's not a high pressured spray which I would think a supply line crack would have.

Trying to keep from cutting the siding, my initial thought is wait for all water to drain out, use sawzall to cut away at base plate and stud to expose more area around pipe, dry off pipe then seal the crack.

My questions:
What would be the best way to seal that pipe? (crack goes down to concrete)
Why was it set in the wet concrete?
Is it indeed, a drain line? (It's located on the outer wall of my third car garage, not close to any supply lines. Water heater's 20' away, washer/dryer are on opposite side of garage, no sinks, tubs toilets are located above line)

Thanks for taking a look at this -

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That appears to be electrical conduit, probably the main feed for that panel next to it. Does your power come in overhead or underground?
 

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I have never seen grey pipe before, I am also no plumber either:laughing: I would think you would need to dig into that concrete down until the pipe is not split cut out the bad piece and install a new one with a coupling and a fernco. I'm sure the real plumbers will be around shortly though.


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Good call! mudpad , yup I wouldn't cut the pipe!



I once heard of a conduit being split in a guys front yard and water getting inside and dripping out at the house.



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Careful Mac,
Due to the proximity to the SP, it's probably your feeders. Pull down a little drywall to the left of the panel and see if the grey PVC enters the panel.

DONT CUT THE PIPE
 

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OK, guess I'm gonna hafta move this thread from plumbing into electrical...:eek:

Pulled more drywall off - that conduit goes directly to the electrical meter, which means the water has to be bubbling up from below the concrete somewhere.

Any thoughts from this point? Call the elec. co? the water co? Is this now something an electrician can deal with? Flowing water in my electrical conduit makes me VERY nervous...

Thanks for your input, guys!

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Around here, if it's on the street side of the meter (primary), it's the power companys problem.
 

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Mac, get a sparky out there. He'll probably pull your meter and then investigate the source of the water. I doubt the poco will do anything about it.
 

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Mac, get a sparky out there. He'll probably pull your meter and then investigate the source of the water. I doubt the poco will do anything about it.
Yup thats what I would do. Around here the power company wouldn't do anything either.

edit: I just reread your post If it just split in the recent freeze, who knows how long that water has been laying in there!




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Check around your meter base where the conduit goes into the panel its probable not caulked and leaking into the meter and or panel box.

That or you have water backing up the conduit from below check for standing water and grading away from the house.
 

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Check around your meter base where the conduit goes into the panel its probable not caulked and leaking into the meter and or panel box.

That or you have water backing up the conduit from below check for standing water and grading away from the house.
No water is present above the split conduit - that's why I made the assumption that it was subterranean.

Sorry, but it should be obvious that that is electrical conduit
Guess I should've expected someone would be along to call me an idiot.
It would only be obvious what kind of conduit it is to someone familiar w/ the different kinds of conduit.
Me? I just build decks...

I'll give my sparky and the power co. a call on Mon, I'll update this thread after he's taken a look.

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Mac sorry I wasn't calling you an idiot just with it being right under the panel and all, I guess I take some things for granted.

Good luck, let us know what it turns out to be:thumbsup:
 
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