I need your expert advice on how to handle a major plumbing problem related to my 25 year old copper pipes. I recently had cause to become very concerned that I might have a leak because of a very high water bill. I had a leak detector come out to find the leak and they determined that it was under my slab near the washer & dryer in the cold line. The plumber came out and started digging in the slab, and 5 hours later @ $125/hr could not find the leak. The leak detector came out again and said that it was under the furnace which is right next to the washer & dryer area. He said that the plumber would have to determine if they could access the pipe from an adjacent closet or if the furnace would have to be moved (MIN. $800/EXPENSE). Of course, moving a 25 year old furnace has it's own risk. Now I'm also faced with upgrading the furnace.
Now I'm faced with the decision of getting the leak in the slab fixed for $3000 + $800 for moving the furnace or pipe rerouting for $5000 not included the wall repair. I've already spent $260(LEAK DETECTION) & $660 (6 hrs. plumbing charge) and all I have to show for it is an open ditch in my house. Do you think the plumber should have been able to determine if he could reach the leak in less than a 5hr. time frame. When does a professional accept the futility of their activity before calling the leak detector back (no charge return).?
I would greatly appreciate any advice you could share me on this matter.
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