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    Default house pipes have water leak

    We recently discovered we have a leak in the house pipes, which are buried under a concrete slab. We live in central Florida. We have already shut off the main valve which stopped the meter from moving, so we know the leak is after that shut off point. We know that a camera can be run through the pipes to find all kinds of problems, our question is: Once the problem (leak) is found, can a sleeve be placed at that point to effectively block the leak or must we have our house jackhammered to death to dig up all the pipes and replace? It is typical of Florida homes to have the water/sewer pipes buried into the foundation. Help?

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    Default Re: house pipes have water leak

    i know of a skilled licensed plumbing contractor in central fl.
    he specializes in slab leaks and re-pipes he your man look up protech plumbing..

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    Default Re: house pipes have water leak

    Because you have virtually no chance of freezing, one solution is to disconnect the line, hook up a new line and run it in a trench around the house. Tap off where needed and enter the house.
    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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    Default Re: house pipes have water leak

    There are companies that can put a liner in a 4" sewer main, or larger. Cameras can be run through a 2" or larger sewer line. If it is a pressure pipe there are ultrasonic listening devices, but I always used a stethescope. Repairing a line is usually temporary as the rest of the line will also be in bad shape. Just saw a channel through the area, or bury the new lines outside. Pex is the only way to go.

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    Default Re: house pipes have water leak

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    Because you have virtually no chance of freezing, one solution is to disconnect the line, hook up a new line and run it in a trench around the house. Tap off where needed and enter the house.
    Jack
    We will still have to have a camera run through the cold water intake line to see where the leak(s) may be. This line runs nearly the entire length of the house from the shut-off point. We don't have any schematics (house is 50+ yrs old) and not entirely sure than running a new line of plastic pipes will bypass the problem. We are looking at that as being the hopeful solution but no guarantees until a camera finds what it can. We do know that the lines were modified at one point in time but again, no schematics to know what was moved from point A to B. We thank everyone's input on this subject and will keep you posted on our progress?

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    Default Re: house pipes have water leak

    You should consider repiping the house with a poly ethylene product. this process if not as scary as it may seem. plumbers have been able to do this process with very little inconveniences and has proven to be the best option. But if you only have one leak maybe repair is best. But from my experience once slab leaks start they usually continue. you most likely have copper and once electrolysis starts it spreads like cancer. this repipe requires no slab breaking and is usually done overhead and through the walls. good luck

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    Default Re: house pipes have water leak

    We know our piping is iron under the slab and copper elsewhere. We are doing just as you suggested and have new pipes put in to by-pass the old ones. We have scheduled a play-date in two weeks with a certified plumber. Not cheap to do but better than having the house torn up! In the meantime we keep turning off the water when we don't need it. Inconvenient but will do until the pipes can be installed.

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    Default Re: house pipes have water leak

    Check Web site aceduraflo.com or fixmypipes.com
    system offers process for coating pipes (epoxy) without damaging slab

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    Smile Re: house pipes have water leak

    ACE Duraflo Has a system that will address your problem-
    aceduraflo.com or fixmypipes.com

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