Cracked Drain Pipe

by Josh on April 2, 2008 · 6 comments

in Basement,Journal

Leaky Drain Pipe All I wanted was some clean sheets. It’s a simple task, right? Wash. Dry. Fold. Done.


But in an old house, simple tasks can get complicated. Here’s how: I put the sheets into the washer and finished off a bottle of detergent as I started the load. Then I turned to the utility sink and began to rinse out the detergent bottle for recycling. Almost immediately I heard a splashing sound and saw a puddle forming on the floor around the drain stack.

I immediately turned off the faucet, cancelled the wash cycle, and watched as the remaining sink water drained onto the floor. (Fortunately there is a floor drain just a few feet from the leaking pipe, so the water has an easy exit from the house.) The leaking drain pipe is a secondary pipe to the main stack, serving only the basement bathroom sink, laundry sink, and the washing machine. I think this must be a new problem, because I’m sure I would have noticed a puddle on the floor while doing laundry on earlier occasions.

After closer examination, I found the exact source of the problem: a cracked and rusted drain pipe fitting.

Leaky Drain Pipe Detail

The best solution to this would be to cut out the cracked section of pipe and splice in a replacement. But because the crack occurs at the tee with the drain from the utility sink, it would make a lot of sense to replace the entire concrete utility sink and its drain. I’m not inclined to take on that project right now, however, so my plan will be to try to patch the crack with plumber’s epoxy as a temporary fix until I am ready for the more extensive (and expensive) sink replacement.

I’ll have to take care of this right away– I have soggy sheets awaiting the spin cycle.

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fred@opc April 3, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Wonderful picture of the cracked pipe! (and, wonderful blog in general — this is my first time visiting). I just migrated to independently-hosted WordPress from blogger and am always exciting when I find housebloggers on WP!!

Anyhow, found you via your comment over at Tiny Old House (Jennifer’s blog is great too). I look forward to following along with your projects.

Oh yeah – and thanks for recycling! I want a planet left for my kids 🙂


Sandy April 3, 2008 at 5:56 pm

It never fails!


Josh April 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm

@fred- Welcome! I’m glad you found me and that you’re digging WordPress. I know there are a few other housebloggers using it, too, though we’re definitely a minority compared to the Blogger crowd. I’m adding your feed to my reader.

@Sandy- No, the drain pipe did fail. Didn’t you read the story? 😉


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