Why We Reroute Plumbing Pipes (When a Slab Leak Repair Is Impractical)
At times, rerouting plumbing pipes is the best repair option. The picture at left is of a slab leak repair we did at a home where ultimately the homeowner decided it was clearly better to reroute plumbing versus digging slab up to do additional slab leak repairs. The pipes under the slab were in bad condition, and there were multiple leaks in multiple pipes which complicated the repairs.
Reroute plumbing through attic.
After finding several leaks in the copper pipes under the slab of this home, our recommendation to the homeowner was to reroute plumbing through the attic. For a few reasons. First, after locating the main leak in the water pipes under the slab, we discovered that there were actually multiple leaks in more than one pipe. We repaired two separate leaks in two hot water pipes, but when a third leak was discovered, we advised the homeowner that the best solution would be rerouting plumbing pipes through the attic.
Reroute hot water line.
And, we suggested she have us reroute hot water line completely because the water pipes under the slab were running so close together it would be extremely difficult to isolate one pipe in order to do a partial reroute. And, as we had already discovered leaks in at least two of the hot water pipes under the slab, it seemed likely there could be multiple hot water lines affected. The only assurance this homeowner could have of not having additional problems with slab leaks would be a complete hot side reroute of plumbing pipes.
Cost to reroute hot water pipes is reasonable.
And, frankly, the cost to reroute hot water pipes through the attic is reasonable when compared with the cost of multiple slab leak repairs. A slab leak repair requires removing flooring and jackhammering up a section of the concrete slab which is expensive to do, and expensive to repair. Rerouting plumbing pipes – sometimes just the hot water pipes and sometimes all of the pipes, depending on the circumstances – is almost always less expensive in the long run as well as being a less intrusive, and less messy, solution (picture a jackhammer in your living room with concrete dust settling on your furniture, your accessories, or maybe in your kitchen leaving a film on everything in the cupboards … not a pretty picture!). Rerouting plumbing pipes through the attic is far less destructive to your home.
Insurance companies prefer rerouting plumbing pipes.
And, far more economical in the larger scheme of things. Especially since many, if not most, insurance companies will either write an exclusion of coverage after a home has had a slab leak repair, or even cancel a policy unless the homeowner agrees to a plumbing reroute. The insurance companies know that the cost to reroute plumbing is well worth it, as opposed to the cost of making multiples repairs to the pipes under the slab.
Questions about rerouting plumbing pipes? Give us a call. An experienced plumber is always available during business hours to answer your questions.
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