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Tuesday, October 31st 2017, 2:38pm

Install leak detection system before backfilling the main water line T-joint

I currently have an open pit to my main water line 5 or 6 feet down to the inline T-joint w/ valve above it to my irrigation system. This is the valve I turn on in the spring, and off in the fall.
Before I backfill the hole with 10 inch casing to enclose main & drain, is there any kind of leak detection insert or anything I can put at the bottom of the casing so that I can easily inspect for leaks at the T-joint of the main water line? If not an insert w/ handle, is there anyway to finish the bottom so that I can visually inspect for any leaks in the main line T-joint at the base of keyed valve?


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Thursday, November 2nd 2017, 8:53am

If your "T-joint" is a waterworks-quality brass compression fitting, then don't worry about it. If you cheaped out on your supply connection, then back up, and do it over again with quality materials.

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