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The backflow preventer on the sprinkler system froze in the…

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The backflow preventer on the sprinkler system froze in the recent storm and is now leaking. I opened the plastic top after turning the water off. What now?

Contractor's Assistant: How long has this been going on? And how severe is the problem?

The temperature got warm enough yesterday afternoon to thaw and start the gush out of the top, around the lid. I turned the source of the water off and turned it off at the pipe when I was able to get near it without getting sprayed.

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

If I can. My husband was alive and did it before.

Contractor's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

Well do I take the plastic part off the pipe by screwing it off?

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Home Improvement
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Home Improvement Expert: Rick, General Contractor replied 7 months ago
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You need to replace the device if it froze. It can't be rebuilt or at least I've never seen or heard of a successful rebuild of a frozen back flow preventer.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
How do I get it off the pipe?
Home Improvement Expert: Rick, General Contractor replied 7 months ago

You need a plumber unless you know how to make piping connections

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Home Improvement Expert: Rick, General Contractor replied 7 months ago

If you do then I need to know what type of piping you have

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Thank you my neighbor fixed it.
Home Improvement Expert: Rick, General Contractor replied 6 months ago

You're welcome

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