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jvc714 11-13-2013 03:42 PM

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CallMeVilla, you are right. Thank you for the suggestion.

Bud16415, I don't like pipes under the slab either but I do not know where else they can run the pipe easily. The thing I object to is that the fact that they bent the pipe.

I originally did not do it on the cheap. I hired a supposedly professional plumber that end up not being so professional. The second mistake is to have someone else supervise the job that didn't know much about plumbing since my mother panicked and I was busy. At the end, I paid $1000 for the plumber to put a rubber patch on it with a hose clamp and to have it leak two months later. Now, I am very hesitant to call another plumber as I already got ripped off by the first one. I was hoping that I can fix it myself and not spend another fortune but so far, it is not looking like I should be going down that road but I may have to if I cannot find someone honest in my area. I have attached a picture of the fix by the last plumber that leaked again after a short while. Thank you for taking the time to reply though.


jvc714 11-14-2013 03:45 AM

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Based on what I know, I can speculate that it is coming from the water heater going to the downstairs bathroom. I do not know for sure or how it is connected to the water heater. Hopefully, I can do more digging to find out this weekend.

I have attached a picture of where it is in the ground next to the wall adjacent to the water heater stand. I cut a hole in the water heater stand only to find more concrete under it. The good news is that I do see the pipes coming down from the water heater's stand into the slab. I just do not know if there is a "T" under the slab or not.

The leak is approximately one feet in the wall under the slab towards the water heater stand. Unfortunately, I cannot dig vertically without ripping out the water heater and the permanent water heater rest and turning it into a humongous and costly job.


jvc714 11-14-2013 03:45 AM

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Based on what I know, I can speculate that it is coming from the water heater going to the downstairs bathroom. I do not know for sure or how it is connected to the water heater. Hopefully, I can do more digging to find out this weekend.

I have attached a picture of where it is in the ground next to the wall adjacent to the water heater stand. I cut a hole in the water heater stand only to find more concrete under it. The good news is that I do see the pipes coming down from the water heater's stand into the slab. I just do not know if there is a "T" under the slab or not.

The leak is approximately one feet in the wall under the slab towards the water heater stand. Unfortunately, I cannot dig vertically without ripping out the water heater and the permanent water heater rest and turning it into a humongous and costly job.


jvc714 11-14-2013 03:45 AM

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Based on what I know, I can speculate that it is coming from the water heater going to the downstairs bathroom. I do not know for sure or how it is connected to the water heater. Hopefully, I can do more digging to find out this weekend.

I have attached a picture of where it is in the ground next to the wall adjacent to the water heater stand. I cut a hole in the water heater stand only to find more concrete under it. The good news is that I do see the pipes coming down from the water heater's stand into the slab. I just do not know if there is a "T" under the slab or not.

The leak is approximately one feet in the wall under the slab towards the water heater stand. Unfortunately, I cannot dig vertically without ripping out the water heater and the permanent water heater rest and turning it into a humongous and costly job.


CallMeVilla 11-14-2013 08:02 AM

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OK ... Here is a possible direction you could take. If you can ID which on of those pipes (above ground) is the leaky one, could you reroute from there? How about stubbing up and over until you emerge outside the wall next to the water heater then drop down into the slab below the tile where you can cut the line and install a copper el? If you had the tools and experience, you could even do it with PEX.

This is a patch solution but you have to get away from the "stuck in the hole" mentality.


CallMeVilla 11-14-2013 08:02 AM

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OK ... Here is a possible direction you could take. If you can ID which on of those pipes (above ground) is the leaky one, could you reroute from there? How about stubbing up and over until you emerge outside the wall next to the water heater then drop down into the slab below the tile where you can cut the line and install a copper el? If you had the tools and experience, you could even do it with PEX.

This is a patch solution but you have to get away from the "stuck in the hole" mentality.


CallMeVilla 11-14-2013 01:35 PM

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Your alternative would be to run the pipes UP and through the walls since drywall is easier to mend than your slab. I would think you could ID the correct pipe and where it goes by cutting and installing a valve at a convenient place. Then, you can re-route the guilty pipe (one of the three) upward through the house wall structure.

Pain in the fart machine? Yes. Easier for you to do than hiring someone for $1,000? Yes.

BTW, I notice a lot of gravel in the hole that you pictured ... NOT GOOD. When I have replaced underground copper, I always seat it in a thick sand bed. If possible, I wrap the pipe in protective cover so stray gravel does not puncture it.

Just sayin'


CallMeVilla 11-15-2013 08:11 AM

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One last observation ... The RED plastic covering in the above-ground photo seems to show in the underground photo. Is it possible that is your offending pipe? Could have IDed it easily!

Now, you need to decide which of the several excellent fixes to choose.

Make sure you give us an update.



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