Re: Hot water copper pipe leaking underneath Concrete Slab
Posted by hj on January 19, 2004 at 22:36:40:
In response to Re: Hot water copper pipe leaking underneath Concrete Slab
My experience in the region is that the leak is usually caused by poor workmanship during the installation and I have never, so far, had two leaks in the same house. Your situation could be different, but since they will repair the leak, I would do that. You can always repipe in the future if it leaks somewhere else, just make sure they know that they will have to warranty the repair in case that is where it starts leaking in the future, because it is possible to make a bad repair in a situation like this. Normally when a pipe leaks like this, it does not come up through the concrete since there are plenty of places for it to drain under the floor.

: We just got this bad news that our copper pipe carrying hot water has a hole/has bursted underneath the concrete slab. We do not have any crawl space/basement.

: Two choices are presented to us -
: - The warranty covers digging and fixing the problem by repairing copper pipe putting a joint or something like that. luckily we do not have any pre- and post- expense since its only 8 linolium tiles that we will be re-installing. the warranty covers this instance but for this year, this is the last instance of concealed pipe-bursting covered by them.

: - Install altogether new copper pipes for hot water thruout the home. that is going to run 5000 dollars only.

: The dilemma:
: We are told that if we go with the repairation choice then there are chances that the pipe would burst at some other location and hence pre- and post- costs could skyrocket say if the pipe bursts underneath concrete in living room with wooden flooring for example.

: What is the most reasonable thing to do? have you dealt with this before? Did you choose to take the risk or play safe and payup.

: Thanks

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