Emergency Water Main Replacement Rosedale Queens

September 21, 2017

Last Saturday we received a call from a homeowner on 237 St. in Rosedale Queens. The homeowner stated that there was a water leak in the street and was advised by DEP that they were required to have it resolved within 3 days.

water main repair Rosedale

An estimator from Harris arrived on site within two hours when we first came aware that the site conditions were much more severe than the average water main leak. The entire roadway had started to collapse in the form of a large sinkhole.

water main creates sinkhole

Due to the severity of the broken water main leak, the homeowner had to make a quick decision to avoid any additional damage to the roadway as well as the surrounding neighbors and cars.

As for most homeowners, this was completely unexpected and the homeowner was not prepared to spend thousands of dollars out of nowhere.  For this reason he decided to get another quote to find out that the price issued by Harris was very fair and now had to hire on an emergency basis.

Harris began working the very next business day and began by excavating the roadway while setting up a pump to “beat the water”.

Pumping water from water main break
Pumping water

Once the water was turned off at the city main, the old pipe was disconnected and the field crew began making tunnels for the new copper pipe to be installed.

Old water main disconnected

Now that the new copper pipe was installed through the property tunnels.

water main tunnel

The new pipe was connected to the existing tap connection on the city main as well as to the existing meter inside the home.

Water main being connected to city main

New copper pipe installed
New copper pipe installed

At the end of the day Harris was able to install a new copper water line on an emergency basis while avoiding any additional damage to the roadway or local traffic.