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Question DetailsAsked on 9/12/2017

I need water pipes installed in my house they were stolen.

all the water pipes were stolen from the basement and need to be replaced in order to turn the water on and move back into the house

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Sorry to hear that - sounds like you are in a disaster area. Plumbing is the Search the List category to find local well-rated and reviewed plumbers.

One quick and dirty temporary fix assuming the incoming pipe and shutoff valve are intact, and the pipes were just cut after the shutoff valve. Assuming this was copper piping, you could buy compression fittings of the right side to hook onto the existing pipe at the valve (male fitting) and on the house end (where pipes were cut off leading up into house) - female fitting, using compression fittings that give you male and female hose connections - then use a garden hose or hoses to connect between the shutoff valve and the remaining house piping. There are also Y's (both brass and ones made of hose) which you could mount at the inlet end to provide two connections to lead to two different pipe connections.

NOTE - using hoses like this does run a slightly higher risk of leakage in the basement, so I would not leave the hose pressurized when you are away at work. I also would not recommend connecting from the water heater this way - most hoses cannot take that heat, but cold water is better than nothing.

Pay attention to your sewer/septic situation - they may have been impacted (assuming you mean a flooding event here) so flushing/drainage may start backing up quickly if the sewer system/lines are blocked.

Note also - if your piping went under water after it was cut your pipes will be contaminated and your pipes should be well flushed out, then until a plumber can get in and sterilize them AND local authorities say boiling local water is not needed (if your water supply system got contaminated), boil your water.

Of course, if on well system, if it went under water it will need disinfecting too - and of course you will in that case probably still not have water if the electrical supply and controls for the pump went under water.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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