In the pipeline - DIY Blog #83 -EMERGENCY PLUMBING MELBOURNE

April 10 2016

FIRE SERVICE LEAK INSIDE ENTRANCE DOOR

Attended property on 11/03/16 to investigate & fix fire service leak inside entrance door. Work on the fire service was difficult due to faulty shut off valves & having to carry out work within short time periods AH. The valve replacement and replacement of a section of fire service pipe were both carried out on different dates between 1:00AM & 6:30AM when water supply had to be reinstated to various shops. 

LEAK INVESTIGATION/FIRE SERVICE TESTING…... Cost $1901.29 inc gst

-Accessed property and inspected ceiling space

-Discovered a leaking coupling on the fire service

-Unable to shut down fire service

-Packed up and left site clear

-Returned to property on 14/04/16 after alarm to fire service had been shut down

-Shut off water to fire service and discovered all domestic water shut down also

-Found all the cafes, restaurants and the backpackers showers/washroom facilities shut down

-Re-instated domestic water, packed up 

-Returned to property after hours on 15/04/16

-Attempted to isolate fire service from front feed - unsuccessful

-Attempted to change coupling but due to pressure was unable to do so

-While turning 100mm isolation valve on, spindle broke causing stop tap to fail

-Contacted City West Water who attended and located another sluice valve on the Flinders Street side of the complex

-After a series of tests, we confirmed that if both sluice keys are isolated, the fire service is shutting off

-However we are also shutting off all the domestic supplies to all shops and entire building 

FIRE SERVICE VALVE REPLACEMENT…...Cost $4847.50 inc gst

-Returned to property after hours on 16/04/16 to carry out replacement of gate valve

-Isolated sluice valve and drained fire service line

-Cut and removed domestic 40mm copper line to gain access to valve 

-Removed 80mm broken valve 

-Fabricated new valve connections

-Installed new flange plate to valve & installed new bolts 

-Lifted new valve into position & reconnected roll groove 

-B-pressed to existing 100mm copper pipe & pressure tested - FAILED 

-Connection to existing copper pipe leaked out of B-press fittings 

-Shut off newly installed valve and turned on sluice valve at rear to reinstate fire and domestic water to building as it was 6.15AM

REPAIR/REPLACEMENT OF FAULTY COPPER FIRE SERVICE PIPE…...Cost 1968.50 inc gst

-Returned to property on 21/04/16 to carry out repair/replacement

-Set up jack-hammer and removed bricks from wall to allow space

-Cut out leaking section of 100mm copper and removed flange and gasket

-Cut new section of 100mm copper to suite and b-pressed end to new flange

-Installed new flange and gasket to valve and connected new copper

-Re-instated valve and tested - all okay, working well

-Packed up and left site clear

REPAIR & REPLACEMENT OF FIRE SERVICE PIPE…...Cost $1899.50 inc gst

-Shut down fire service via new valve installed and sluice valve at rear and drained the line

 -Took out section of rusted and leaking 100mm galvanised pipe from fire service line in ceiling.

-Cut 100mm copper to suit size and welded on groove joins on each end. 

-Installed 100mm copper and connected to existing 100mm galvanised pipe on one end and 100mm galvanised elbow on other with couplings.

-Installed hanging clip on pipe once fully tightened. 

-Turned on water from valve out back and fire service valve out front drained air out of line and tested for leaks. - no leaks.

-Showed Mark who was working at reception the job. packed and cleaned up

NOTE

1. . Restoration works has been invoiced as a separate job. See invoice #93475.

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