Draincom representatives took a call from the customer regarding a leak in his basement and standing water on his main floor.
He was stumped because the fixtures were far away from this area and was not sure as to where is was coming from.
Draincom experts came to the place same say.
Here is the full story spoken by our professional:
I arrived at their house later that day, and he was correct, there was no plumbing directly around where the leak was coming from. I went down to the basement and found that right were it was leaking, there was an old cast iron stack.
As I inspected the stack with my hands, I could feel a deep crack in the back. Now normally with cast iron piping as it rots it tends to flake off on the inside and rust out.
In this case it was so bad that it had split, and not as I normally see it split. I got my mirror and continued to trace it floor to ceiling, and the entire length was cracked.
I told our customer that is was apparent that the integrity of the piping was compromised and that we would have to open the wall on the main floor to check it out as well.
He agreed and seemed to be very interested in this process. I opened a nice hole in the drywall, about 8 feet wide floor to ceiling.
The stack came up the wall, had a wye fitting and then went into a bulkhead to hide the piping over to the washroom.
The horizontal branch looked good, but the customer wanted to avoid any future issues and have it replaced as well. Above this area was a crawl space, and where the pipe went out to "Open Air" , this is what we refer to as the Vent Terminal.
It seemed to be in good repair but again the customer showed interest in having It all replaced. I Took my grinder, which is a nice way to cut old cast iron, and severed it from the line headed outside.
I removed the section of the horizontal branch line to the washroom and the 10 foot section floor to ceiling. I then went to the basement and removed the piping floor to ceiling as well.
I told the customer that eventually the small section going through the floor would be an issue to replace, but it was in great shape at the moment and there was not a need to open the floor for replacement.
He surely was breathing a sigh of relief. I installed the new stack, with ABS plastic, and I also insulated the lines. The nice thing about cast Iron is that installed properly, it can deaden the noise of rushing water inside, which plastics cannot.
I like to do this because even though the piping was installed properly and secured, behind drywall it can be a very annoying noise, and around it inside the wall I like to put more insulation, just to help.
I called my drywaller to have the walls fixed and I have to tell you, my customer was relieved.
Most of the time plumbing can make little or no sense as to how it is routed through your house. Always consult a professional before going poking around inside walls as you never know what you might run into and you may cause far more damage than is necessary.