I have a slab leak and the plumber wants $1650 to run a new line after opening the wall where he says a manifold will be. He will then verify which line is bad and repipe it using a flexible pipe. Is this a reasonable cost, can I do this, I believe it is the line going into the kitchen because I dont see any signs of seepage upstairs or where the other bathrooms are. Two story house. How will he determine which line, he said he will unconnect it and put a gauge on it to see which line loses pressure, is that the normal way? Any help appreciated..
Price is reasonable since I do them starting at $1900. but you do not want anything flexible. If he is running it overhead you should ask for copper, if the line is rerouted outside it should be copper or cpvc. The way i determin the problem is that I watch the spinner on the water meter, if its turning I then shut off the supply valve at the house to determine if its in the house itself or the supply line (if the meter still spins after turning house valve off, it is the main supply line), If I determine that it is a slab leak I then determine whether it is a hot or cold line by turning the valve at the hot water heater off, if the spinner is still spinning it is a cold water and visa versa. Most houses that have pipes underneath have the pipes in sleeves, If you see water on the floor in a spot, chances are there is a manifold close by, then open the wall look at the sleeves and determine which line is leaking. After that is accomplished we run an electricians fish tape in the line and listen for the scratching noise it will make wher that pipes other end is coming up. And that my friend is the way to determine a slab leak and find which pipe it is and where it goes to.
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