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    I have a toilet that every so often will not refill with water in the tank. I decided to work a little bit backward, and wanted to see if the turn off valve was working properly. So, first I turned off the water, then I unscrewed the entire turn off valve mechanism from the copper pipe leading from the wall. I then had my wife turn on the water supply from the basement to see if water would come out of the copper pipe. Much to my dismay no water flowed out! I am assuming the copper water supply pipe is plugged? How does that happen? Is this something I can fix by snaking some type of wire or should I have a professional do the job? Thank you for your advice.
    Doug

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    Is all of the water pipe copper, or is some cast iron? If itis cast iron, then you mightbe in for replacing the line.
    Jim DeBruycker
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    Quote Originally Posted by jadnashua
    Is all of the water pipe copper, or is some cast iron? If itis cast iron, then you mightbe in for replacing the line.
    The home is only 8 years old, all of the pipe is copper.

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    I'm not a pro plumber, just a long-time DIYer.
    If there is no galvanized pipe and it's all copper, it may be frozen if that supply pipe run is on an outside wall.
    Eight-year-old copper supply pipe should not be clogged for any reason other than that.
    Do NOT use flame to thaw frozen pipe. Use a high dryer on High heat. A flame could overheat it and cause a steam explosion.
    Good Luck!
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Swearingen
    I'm not a pro plumber, just a long-time DIYer.
    If there is no galvanized pipe and it's all copper, it may be frozen if that supply pipe run is on an outside wall.
    Eight-year-old copper supply pipe should not be clogged for any reason other than that.
    Do NOT use flame to thaw frozen pipe. Use a high dryer on High heat. A flame could overheat it and cause a steam explosion.
    Good Luck!
    Mike
    The pipe runs in an inside wall so I know it is not frozen (since this problem reared its head about 5 months ago and mysteriously unplugged by itself a day later).

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    I was working in a house that the same thing happened. No water. We cut into the water supply and discovered what appeared to be pieces of paper in the line! I thought that maybe someone used the paper to hold back water while soldering. I'm not a pro so I would wait until you get some more opinions before you start cutting into yor line.

    Molo

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