Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How to Repair an Irrigation Broken Pipe and Cover Missing

Fig.1 Broken irrigation pipe
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Bow rake 12-inch 
Diameter 90-degree PVC elbow fitting 3-inch 
Garden hoe 
Irrigation cover 3-inch   
PVC drain pipe 3-inch   
Red Hot PVC Blue Glue Size: 0.25 Pint

I was called by a Mr. Applehumber in Santa Clarita, California. They were selling their homes and moving up to Colorado. After the Realtor checked their beautiful home, she requested a huge laundry list of repairs. Jim wanted to find out why his front planting area would not drain. 

This post shows the 6 steps to repair a missing irrigation front garden pipe and cover. 

Step 1: The area was dug out to find the drain pipe to find out why the front garden area would not drain. The drain pipe was solid and not broken, but only the pipe end was damaged and the cover was missing completely. Fig.1 shows the existing 90-degree bend was broken and had not been sealed with adhesive.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the new 90-Elbow and irrigation cover needed for this job.
Fig.2 Irrigation grate and new elbow
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the  90-Degree PVC Elbow placed into the existing 3-inch PVC drain pipe. Use Nitrile gloves if using the PVC adhesive so you do not get it on your hands. Red hot Blue glue can be difficult to remove from your hands. The glove will prevent your hands from turning blue.
Fig.3 Fitted on pipe
Nitrile glove
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the top of the irrigation cover and fig.5 shows the side angle of the irrigation pipe and cover. Use Red Hot PVC Blue Glue to glue the irrigation cover onto the irrigation pipe.
Fig.4 Top cover of new irrigation cover
Fig.5 Side view of irrigation cover
Step 5: Fig.6 shows a leaf rake to move the soil back into the irrigation hole. Fig.7 shows the garden hoe breaking up the dirt clogs in the front garden to make it level without any clumps.
Fig.6 Leaf rake
Fig.7 Garden hoe
Step 6: Fig.8 shows a the area is leveled and the dark spot shows the new irrigation cover. Now Jim has a front garden that can drain.
Fig.8 Job finished

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