Broken hot water line in slab foundation
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?
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
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.
I can usually fix anything within my ability or eagerness to save money. But when I found my hot water pipe going from my hot water heater to home is leaking I suddenly get nervous because I don't have the equipment or know how to fix this so I must rely on a total stranger.One guy said he'd cut cabinet walls or sheetrock walls to isolate the pipe that's leaking and then fix it.And another guy said he could pinpoint it with a leak detector then fix it by rerouting it.So I don't know which is best way because the one estimate was $1000 to isolate and fix one day.But the other guy said he'd give me price after he comes and finds the leak.