Just had a new water heater installed. All is fine with the water heater, however, now I notice a very slow leak on a copper elbow fitting a few feet away from the heater on the hot side. (probably from moving the copper pipes around when installing the new unit).
This slow leak is located in a very tight area surrounded by electrical wires making a torch fix difficult, (Murphy's Law).
The fitting initially leaked a few teaspoons worth of water per day but now has slowed to a dozen drops or so per day.
My questions are.....should I leave this joint alone and hope it will seal itself up with time and corrosion? Is there any "likelyhood" that this joint will eventually openup and flood my basement? If it should be fixed does it need be with a torch or is there some sort of epoxy that would be easier due to the tight location?
You must drain down and resolder the joint. Epoxy or some other sealer will not work, Eventually it will give you problems. If a plumber installed the HWH call him back and explain your situation. If it's on the hot side, you can shut-off the cold feed, then open up a hot water tap and the releif valve to get the water out of the pipe so you can solder. Good Luck, plumber Tom
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