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greggor36

04:27PM | 09/27/10
Member Since: 07/31/05
22 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I turned off the water to the house at the main shut off valve while I was fixing a faucet problem. When I turned the main water shut off back on a slow drip is now occurring right at the knob. The drip is slowing stopping though. At first it was like every 8 seconds then 20 seconds, then 38 seconds and now 48 seconds. Is this common? Will it slowly stop or is there a bigger problem forthcoming? Any ideas as to what I should do about this? I'm guessing I should have it checked just because it is now slowly dripping but was curious if this is common or a sign of a bigger problem. Thank you!

Sylvan

03:13PM | 09/28/10
Member Since: 01/24/06
1578 lifetime posts
Me_office1
this is very common, the slow leak can be from the packing gland (Nut under the handle attached to the valve stem)

You can

1- gently tighten the nut

2- Remove and re pack

3- Turn the valve 1/4 turn to the right and this may stop the leak as many people make the mistake of opening a valve fully and not turning the handle back 1/4 turn

It is far better to have a gun and never need it THEN need a gun and not have one

greggor36

03:42PM | 09/28/10
Member Since: 07/31/05
22 lifetime posts
I just turned it as you suggested and the dripping has stopped. Thank you so much for the helpful information! Have a great day! Greg

Sylvan

06:32AM | 09/30/10
Member Since: 01/24/06
1578 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Your very welcome

It is far better to have a gun and never need it THEN need a gun and not have one

Jim R

04:50PM | 01/25/13
Member Since: 01/25/13
1 lifetime posts
Sylvan, That was a great tip about turning the valve 1/4 turn. However, The one I am trying to fix is the main water valve coming into the house. There isn't a shut off valve before it.
Any suggestions? Thx. Jim R.

BV000414

07:47PM | 02/19/13
If your concern is the big valve in your home that shuts off water to your home, then the next shutoff valve is located in your front yard where your water meter is. You can shut off the water there. Look for what looks like a small manhole cover with a nut on it. Open it up, find the valve and turn it off.

If it is the valve in your yard then that is the water company's problem. Only they can shut off valves further up the line to repair that one, and besides it's their equipment.

BV000831

04:19PM | 04/15/13
Just curious; how does turning the knob 1/4 of the way stop the drip, and why should we normally do that (even if the knob isn't dripping)?

Thanks!

Sylvan

08:42PM | 04/15/13
Member Since: 01/24/06
1578 lifetime posts
Me_office1
The 1/4 turn stops the valve from freezing in the open position and sometimes having the valve stem fully open causes a slight drip

How can someone say your meter is in the front yard not knowing where you live as some of us have to be concerned about a frost zone and not all water mains have water meters (private well for example)

"If it is the valve in your yard then that is the water company's problem. Only they can shut off valves further up the line to repair that one, and besides it's their equipment"

Not true as many locations the building owner is responsible for the tap connection to the city water supply and the sewer connection to the city sewer

When working on a packing gland leak (nut) I found by closing the valve and loosening the packing nut removing the stuff (packing) from inside the nut and replacing it with graphite or Teflon packing (not tape or paste) and slowly lowering the nut to compress the packing material and then losing the nut and using another piece of packing materials the compressing (NOT TO TIGHT) will stop the leak for years. I did this on high pressure steam lines with great success. Just be gentle


BV000996

01:42AM | 05/10/13
I thought I had a huge problem and now I read your tip and turn the handle slightly to the right the dripping has stopped thank you so much!

Sylvan

04:25PM | 05/11/13
Member Since: 01/24/06
1578 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Your very welcome. Before taking plumbing advice on any list it would be a great idea to know if the advice giver is some nut case guessing or a licensed professional. Many small jobs turn into a major fiasco because some big box store clerk gave plumbing /electrical advice

Just because someone works in plumbing section of a hardware store does not make them a plumber. If one used that kind of reasoning the lady who sold me my new Lexus would also be the same person doing all my service work


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