Do I have to cover pipes under slab?

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Leaking pipe underneath your foundation can result from a damaged water or sewer line. Mending the damaged line is not as hard as it is in locating and gaining access to the damaged line. Locating the general area of the leak is necessary; once the area is located, you will have to chisel through the concrete to the pipes in order to repair it. This article will explain to you how to fix leaking pipes under a slab foundation.

Signs of a Slab Leak.

The occurrence of water or damp spots on the floor. Warm spots on the floor are because of leaking hot water. The sound of rushing water beneath your floor; is another giveaway of lines leaking. High water bill because of the continuous running of water.

Indications of a Sewer Line Leak (leaking pipes).

Leaks from sewer lines usually go undetected; this is until there is a visible sign of foundation damage.

Slab swells to the extent of lifting a building; this occurs in areas with extensive soil. A dome...
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When you have pipes that run under concrete slab foundation, you need to know how to identify leaking pipes and potential hot spots in a timely fashion. Identifying slab leaks quickly allows them to be repaired before any lasting damage can be done to the structure.

Detecting Water Leaks Under Slabs Foundation

There are quite a few ways to detect leaking pipes that occur under slab foundation. The most common include:

Higher than normal water bills High meter readings Hot spots in the concrete (normally from hot water leaks) Hearing water flowing but the faucets are turned off Moisture and areas of mildew under carpet and linoleum Cracks that start small and begin to rapidly spread outward

If you know your home, you’ll be able to detect subtle differences in the concrete slabs rather easily. Don’t discount the changes that you see. Instead, call a professional and have the area carefully examined.

Making the Needed Repairs

It’s important...

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How would you like to have the cold water plumbing line for the refrigerator ice maker stubbed up in your foyer? Hey - me neither! That's why, when I checked and measured the pipe layout in one of our houses before the concrete slab was poured and found the error, I called the plumber right away.

He was absolutely convinced that his crew had been accurate on everything - and this is a top notch company. The kitchen wall where the refrigerator was located backed up to the foyer at the front door of the house, and, sure enough, the pipe was a few inches outside the wall.

Hey, but what's 3 or 4 inches, unless it jumps over into the next room? The pipes that are installed under a concrete slab are one of the most critical parts of your home project, and you must check every pipe!

Even though the installer believes he did it all correctly, check it anyway! Everyone can make mistakes, and mistakes in the locations of these pipes under a concrete slab can be...

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Find And Ye Shall Fix

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed plumbing a house built on a slab, how we could know if we had leak under our slab, and how we could pinpoint where the leak was. This is particularly important in areas that are earthquake prone, like Los Angeles or other parts of Southern California. Because of the proximity of fault lines and loose soil, most houses have slab foundations. This is great for security, but not so great when it comes to finding leaks. Today we’ll investigate just what it’s going to take to make the repair.

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What’s Needed

For this application, unless you have knowledge and experience dealing with jackhammers, laying of concrete, and plumbing, I strongly suggest that you hire a professional to complete this project for you. It will save you time, mess, stress, and despite how expensive it is, hiring a professional may still save you some money in the long run. It would not hurt to ask for...

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In order to control a woodchuck under a deck/shed/porch etc, you have to determine what is legal in your state along with what you want to do.

So called Non-lethal Methods:

Harassment can work, which is just continually back filling the hole until the animal gets tired of digging out and leaves, but it could take weeks. Hazing One way doors can work provided you trench screen your porch area and install a one way door over the opening. Use caution when young are present, typically prior to July. I don’t recommend the inexperienced to try one-way doors as too many things can go wrong. You were warned. To trench screen, (watch out for buried wires and pipes etc.) you need to have screening above ground attached to the porch wall (1/4 inch mesh will work, galvanized is better). Then go down two inches under the soil and make a 90 degree angle out away from the porch wall at least 18 inches. This way, when the chuck meets the wall, he wants to dig straight down to...
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you are nuts...you dont know what you are talking about

copper is good, but will go bad if installed incorrectly under concrete...

I have installed copepr under concrete hundreds of times, in hundreds of homes but I install the rubber aramaflex sleeves over 100% of the copper.. to protect the copper....

most problems happen becasue they just lay the copper directly into
the pee gravel and the compression and contracton of the plumbing
system over time cuts the copper pipe....usually where it goes up through the concrete
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no one cares to spend the extra 100 bucks to totally protect the pipe
and the copper can still last decades without any protection on it...

its simply a fact of life..

Mr DX..................
if you were wise, you would nip it all in the bud right now...

tell your plumber that you want the whole house renovated and you
want all new pipes run overhead and dropped down to the fixtures,
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kendog2, all your questions are good, and I would trust you to get the right answers, not overthink anything, and be good project manager. I'd buy anything you built, and I'd hire you to oversee a project I couldn't oversee. You are asking good questions with the right attitude.

Let me know what key words you use to search for liquid-applied rubbery waterproofing membranes like REDGARD or many others. Some membranes have other purposes, like e.g. to waterproof basement walls, so just keep that in mind when you search. There's a company called "Noble" that has a few products, one of them is like Redgard. I forget its name. Many others are out there; distribution is not coast to coast.

I especially like your ability to think for yourself when you said that installing Kerdi seems like more work than the easy task they make it out to be. At one world-famous web site, anyone who is a key player gets free product from the site sponsor (through a third party), and then gets...

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Many houses are built on a concrete slab foundation, a single layer of concrete several inches thick, usually resting on a bed of crushed gravel. Often, pressurized water pipes and sewer lines are installed under the foundation before the concrete slab is poured. These pipes can deteriorate over time (especially copper piping in acidic soil), creating what is known as a slab leak.

Slab leaks can be hard to detect. Symptoms include: a sudden spike in the water bill; a noticeable drop in water pressure; the constant sound of water running; damp carpeting or other flooring; foundation cracks or settling; and mildew in the walls or in the basement. If the leak is in a hot water line, the floor above it may feel warm to the touch. It's important to find and fix slab leaks as soon as possible.

Typical costs:Detecting leakage and finding the site of a slab leak can require specialized equipment and skills, at a cost that can range from $125-$400. SlabLeakPro.com[1] in...
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Introduction:

Hi, my name is Bryan, I do grading and I install concrete for Superior Buildings and Carports, Inc. I hold a class A CDL and I move Superior's heavy machinery and large dumps trucks. Most of my time is spent running heavy equipment "grading" and pouring concrete. Superior asked me to write an article about "How to hire a concrete contractor" and "How to install a concrete slab". Covering the basis for hiring a contractor is easy but, I was not so sure that I wanted to give away my secrets about slab work, not to mention that I am not even close to being a writer. ...hem... Learning how to put in a concrete slab correctly has taken me years of hard work, a lot of sweat, and even a little blood. As, I thought about this, the more I realized that I wished that someone would have taught me this stuff when I started. I went to work with a concrete crew and I learned this the hard way at work. I am providing this information free of charge for Superiors...

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