Can't find refrigerator water suppy line shut-off

jhome2007October 29, 2010

I am moving my refrigerator from one side of kitchen to another side. The ice maker water supply line will be restored at the new location. But I can't find the one to the old location since the basement was finished. How do I deal with it? My contractor suggests to leave it and seal it. But I am concern about leakage might happen down the road since the old line will be put inside the wall.

-J

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asolo

I share your concern. Assuming this line is typical plastic flex-line I wouldn't leave it "sealed" and pressurized inside a wall. If it's copper, that can be solder-sealed and not worried about. Best solution would be to remove it, trace it, seal at the source....if you can find it.

I hate stuff like this. But it really should be done right. The expense of hidden water damage is worthy of prevention.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2010 at 3:24PM
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brickeyee

"If it's copper, that can be solder-sealed and not worried about."

That depends on what type of fitting was used to tap into the larger supply line.

If it is a 'saddle valve' that clamps to the copper line and then punches a hole for water it WILL eventually start to leak.
Water, steel, and copper are NOT a good combination.
Galvanic corrosion eventually starts.

Even if you close a saddle valve it may not actually seal, and corrosion can continue.

The damaged section of copper water pipe need to be cut out and a coupling installed.

A saddle valve and plastic tubing is even worse.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2010 at 4:52PM
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asolo

Agree with brickeye.....I only got it 1/2-right. And !/2 won't do when considering potential water leaks. Need to get to the source.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2010 at 5:17PM
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jerrijill_fipi_com

I live in a Dilsheimer Communities home named the Grant II.
We're the second owners and the basement was finished when we moved in. We need to replace the line to the fridge, but we can't find where the shut noff is. Any suggestions?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2011 at 12:39AM
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brickeyee

"We need to replace the line to the fridge, but we can't find where the shut noff is. Any suggestions?"
Start cutting holes in the ceiling below.

Start cutting holes in the ceiling below.

The valve should never have been enclosed.

You may be able to measure from wall to get an approximate location, or even drill through the floor above down through the ceiling to find the location.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2011 at 9:43AM
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