East New York Brooklyn Water Line Leak Creates Street Sinkhole

The water line leak was not a complete shock to this homeowner as he was aware that there was a sinkhole forming in the roadway for the prevision month. He had been calling 311 and finally received a visit from DEP at this door, when they pointed out that there was a heavy flow of water seeping through his sidewalk. They proceeded with a noise test on his water main and proceeded to notify him that he had to replace the lead water main with copper.

roadway sinkhole East new york Brooklyn

Harris Water began working on the job right away. Due to the severity of the leak and roadway sinkhole, we did not have much time as the conditions were only going to worsen. Lucky for Mr. Peterson the homeowner, the job was pretty straight forward and was scheduled to be completed within 7 hours.

The crew was able to identify exactly where the water main was leaking, which made perfect sense as it was only a few feet away from the sinkhole and traveling almost 5′ away from where the water was surfacing on the sidewalk. Most  homeowners question their leak in a scenario like this “how can it be my leak if the sinkhole is 5′ away from my house?”.

The leak

The leak

It is important to understand that a water leak will find its own path below ground and will end up surfacing at the weakest point in the ground, sometimes this may be 10′ or even 20′ away.

Finally the new copper was installed below ground from the street and inside of the house where we re-connected to the existing meter.

copper below ground tunnel

 

New water line connection to city main

New water line connection to city main

Final connection back to meter

Final connection back to meter