Have discovered a leak in the Cu plumbing in our slab. Have also
discovered that the pipe is not encased in "min 25 mil" sleeve as
required by codes applicable in the state of Texas.
What if anything can I do to prevent future failures?. I plan to give
the plumber who did this a little to think about but also will go to the
state licensing board about it. However, that doesn't fix my problem.
Any ideas? Experiences?
"Any ideas? Experiences?"
If you've got one how many more places are "close" to leaking. I'm not
a huge fan fresh water in slabs but the sleeves seem to prevent
Depending on the installation (one story, two story; how many
bathrooms, supply location,etc) I would consider a reroute or repipe.
If the plumber has insurance you might be able to recover through them.
Just a letter to the insurance company, no lawyer might shake some
This might be an alternative, my sons neighbor had it done
I thought Texas had no building code? or is this covered by
When you say copper pipe in the slab, do you mean just passing through,
or as in radiant floor heating? If it's the latter I know that it was
an epidemic of pandemic proportions in Levittown, NY - that huge
post-WWII tract housing development. All the houses were built
slab-on-grade with copper radiant heating (seemed like a good idea at
the time) and they all failed. Seems that concrete and copper don't
like each other.
Elaborate a little on your situation.
I'll try to answer both replies with this email. First it is drinking
water service. In Texas most of the builders simply have the plumbing
run through the slab not under it and then back up. They use the red and
blue crap instead of the code mandated 25 mil sleeving.
The state has adopted the plumbing and electrical codes for all
unincorporated areas many years ago. However, no inspector so very
The pipe is being rerouted as we speak but I called the Curaflow
distributor for my area. Rough over the phone quote for a 2400 sq ft,
2.5 bath house with water softener is upwards of $9700.
I have already contacted the state Licensing board will see what I can
do to get the attention of the contractor who cut corners.
Depends what the source problem actually was, in order to prevent a future
problem. If the area you live in is municipality of over 5,000 inhabitants,
its subject to IRC 2000 per Texas law regarding plumbing code. This Texas
law was adopted in 2001 referring at the time to the current IRC. Both the
municipality and plumber doing the work are responsible. If you live outsde
such a municipality, its not subject to this law for there is no
municipality. But, in Texas, regardless of presence of municipality or not,
the recenly built home is still subject to IRC 2000. However, there is no
municipal plumbing inspection. Note that a Texas county is not considered a
municipality. Your post implies that the house was recently built, so I
won't go into time constraints of this code. There is no official recourse
for non-municipality areas, the buyer/owner has to cover his own butt
regarding requiring items that will be covered by typical building
procedures. There are structural and electrical areas of concern that will
not be visually seen when the house is finished as well. Better take a
closer look if you can do so. Taking many pictures during the building
process helps out when you're not sure..
Your current problem, CU piping leaking in the slab, has to be dug up and
replaced. Or, plugged at the inlet to the house and the other side of the
leak in the viciinity of all valves and fixtures, and routed elsewhere to
your current valves and fixures. Either way is a major headache and
inconvenience for the homeowner. Check with a few reputable plumbing firms,
and get estimates and how they intend to perform the repairs.
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