03:46PM | 05/02/06
Member Since: 05/01/06
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I have a broken hot water line in my foundation and have decided to tear up the concrete myself to save on the cost of repair. My house is 25 years old so approximately how deep do you believe the slab actually is?


10:48AM | 05/03/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
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You got to love the so called plumbers and heating guys who bury water and heating lines under ground as it creates work for the next guy like radiant failures.

Depending on the quality of the builder I had some slabs as little as 2" thick to over 8"

In Manhattan I had one slab located off the Hudson river that was over 38" thick.

Most likely if I had to guess I would figure 4"- 6"

Good luck and hope the origional contractor did not follow ACI guide lines

erik peterson

11:21AM | 05/03/06
Member Since: 06/23/03
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Be aware that most homeowners insurance covers ingress and egress to the leak location.....depending on your deductable it could be a minimal amount "out of pocket" to have this problem dealt with by a pro. With that being said I would not recommend this sort of repair being done by an amateur. erik


01:42PM | 05/03/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
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Erik, about 4 years ago I had an account who asked if they could do the demolition to find a leak behind a brick wall.

I told them "enjoy yourself" as they did not want to pay the $200 I was charging per hr.

I said after you find the leak give me a call and I will make the repairs /replacement of the defective piping.

This account rented a demo hammer and spent 31/2 days taking down the walls.

After I replaced the cast iron stack they contacted their insurance company who contacted me and asked how much time I spend on looking for the leak and I stated not one second.

Seems the home owner was covered for the time I was to look for the leak and the time to repair the broken walls BUT not for the actual plumbing.

So therefore the home owner spent 31/2 days plus renting the equipment and saved NOTHING.

This account never asked my opinion as to if it pays to do the opening he just asked if he could and I said sure go for it.

At lest it kept him out of trouble for a few days.

Same with under slab leaks as I find many folks actually cause more damage by chopping holes through perfectly sound piping.

If folks want to try more power to them as everyone likes to have fun and stand behind a jack hammer busting up slabs and possibly hitting water or electrical mains.

Makes life interesting.


02:37PM | 05/07/06
Member Since: 05/01/06
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I did have my insurance company come out and was told that since the water was not damaging the dwelling then they would not pay for the repairs. I also had a plumber come out and pinpoint where the leak is and quoted me a price of $2500 the bust up the concrete, and fix the pipe. What this quote did not include was to replace any duct work that he may have to tear out to get to the leak, repouring the foundation and replacing the flooring. Therefore I consulted my dad who is plumber by trade. He suggested that if we were able to tear up the concrete then he would help replace the pipe. I was just a little worried about how much trouble I was going to get myself into doing it myself.


01:34PM | 05/08/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
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If your dad is not a licensed plumber and he has no insurance and something goes wrong you could really be looking at some serious insurance problems.

The license only means the license holder passed a battery of tests just like a doctor and to trust just anyone to dabble in plumbing could put you in some serious health risks... Good luck
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