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flo's avatar

How must the leaky pipe have been stopped if there is absolutely no hint of the city having been there?

Asked by flo (13313points) April 6th, 2019

I mean when there is a water main break there is digging involved you see the evidence that digging up happened. That’s fine.
But it is just a stream of water (a small pipe leakage) and a day or so after it was reported it stopped. It’s absolutely dry the day of or the day after the fix. If everything looks exactly the same before and after the leak, (no evidence that any digging went on), how must they have fixed it?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

How do you know it’s been fixed? Perhaps they simply shut off the flow to await repairs.

SmartAZ's avatar

I’m guessing dissolved minerals precipitated and plugged the leak.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@stanley’s probably right. Bypassed it or shut a section off probably.

flo's avatar

Stopping the flow is a fix. That’s whole point I’m thinking.

stanleybmanly's avatar

How many valves do you suppose lie between you and the water source in a pipeline?

Darth_Algar's avatar

In a municipal water system it’s a trivial matter for them to shut off sections of the grid while leaving the rest of the grid running just fine.

flo's avatar

How did they stop the flow is the question.

Darth_Algar's avatar

There’s these things, they’re called valves. Perhaps you’ve heard of them…

stanleybmanly's avatar

Your faucet is an outlet controlled by a valve which you operate when you “turn” the water on or off

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