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Old 03-07-2013, 05:47 PM
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Leak in Copper line between meter and house

I discovered a leak between the water meter and the house. A plumber came out, dug up the line. It is a copper line and that had a 'sleeve' over it. He said Electrolysis cause a pin-hole leak. The leak was about two feet from the 'sleeve'. (The area with visible electrolysis was about 8" long)
He 'temporally fixed it by placing a rubber hose with two clamps over the area that was leaking.
He now says the whole line from the meter to the house needs to be replace. The house and line is 28 years old.
My question is can't we cut back to where the line is good and run new line (copper or PVC) to the meter? Or does it need to be replaced.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:53 PM
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how much additional footage are you talking about to run the entire new line?

you could do as you are suggesting, but then you'll have an old line sweated to a new line - the old line will still be susceptible to the same problem you currently have...and likely is already seen some electrolysis.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:58 PM
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It's about 10 feet from the leak to the house. The 10 feet is under the house... meter is only about 3 feet from the edge of the slab.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:44 PM
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Looks like you have plenty of time to get another opinion. Those rubber clamps will last a couple of years. I know this because I had to repair two water lines to the washer upstairs and I just used radiator hoses and clamps.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:54 AM
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For that length I would replace entire line. Do you want to take a chance that the next leak will be under your slab?
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:21 AM
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You can cut it out and put a compression coupling .. We use those on water services at work and I've dug some up that we're older then me.. Most leaks we deal with are due to back filling the trench wrong or as we put it the lack of bedding the pipe
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Had the same deal a couple of years back.. You will be surprised at how far them little 'pin' holes in the copper can stretch.. Water bill hopped from 100 to 500 overnight it seemed.. Replace the whole thing with PVC...now or later..
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3/4 in pvc and done. just replace the whole thing yourself. easy fix
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Just replace the whole thing to avoid future headaches.
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dig it out and replace. easily done by a DIY. I agree, switch it out to pvc.
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