Location of hot & cold water pipes

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by Kara Janish, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. Kara Janish

    Kara Janish New Member

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    I recently purchased a patio home with in floor heat. I would like to stop using the in floor heat and rely upon the forced air furnace instead. However, my hot & cold water pipes are not located in the attic and I fear I might consequently freeze them if I turn off the in floor heat. Are these pipes typically embedded in the concrete slab or are they buried below it? Should either location concern me, should I go without in floor heat? FYI, I live in MN where our daytime high is often below 0.

    Thanks in advance for your input!!!
  2. Alectrician

    Alectrician DIY Senior Member

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    If you have some type of heat, your slab can't freeze.

    Plumbing is generally not in the slab but a few inches under.


    Why don't you want the radiant heat? Seems like it would make sense to heat from the ground up.
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