Re: OH-OH Plumbing troubles! - Posted by Tom-FL
Posted by Tom-FL on July 06, 2003 at 15:34:12:
Well, since you already took the cabinets out, I guess you can work it from inside. First I’m assuming the leak is on a vertical soil stack running up the kitchen wall, and protruding through the roof, correct? Also, you didn’t actually say, but indicated this is an outside wall, also correct?
Now, what material is it made of? Could be blackish/brownish metal (iron), grey metal (steel) or white plastic (pvc). The first thing to look for is a screw in cleanout cap. Find it, run water, and see if that’s the leak. If it’s loose, remove it, put pipe dope on, and put it back, problem solved. You might also want to follow the drain pipe from the bottom of the sink into the wall. There are various types of connections used, depending on the types of pipe involved and you could have a loose fitting there. That’s usually fixed for under a dollar at good ol’ Home Depot.
Your best case scenario is white plastic pipe with a loose cleanout. Your worst is black iron pipe with a crack all the way down the side. Best case there is if you can reroute the pipe up the outside of the house. You could chop the wall open and replace the broken section of pipe as well. Worst of the worst is if the break continues down below the ground.
In any event, at least part of the wall needs to be chopped out for inspection. If you can limit it to the area behind the cabinet, so much the better.
Cameras are very popular lately for putting into the drain line and discovering why they stop up frequently. I’ve never heard of them being put down a roof stack to find a break, but I don’t see why one couldn’t be.