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Question DetailsAsked on 5/7/2011

Rerouting piples in concrete slab

When my house was built the plumbing piping(copper) was laid in the concrete slab. My question is how would they go about rerouting the pipes to the area affected by leaks in the pipes?

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Hi John,

Josh here from Angie's List.

I asked a highly rated plumber on Angie's List about your question. He suggested installing new piping throughout your home using flexible PEX tubing.

The tubing could be snaked through your home's walls, ceiling (be sure to avoid uninsulated areas like the attic), closet - and even through dummy heating baseboards or built-out corner boxes.

He said using the flexible PEX offers a cost-efficent alternative to cutting into the concrete to access the existing piping - which is not only expensive, but messy.

Since the flexible tubing requires fewer connections than traditional non-flexible pipes, there are fewer chances of leaks in the future. Finally, he mentioned that the PEX tubing, if installed properly, should last as long as the original copper pipes.

Hope that helps - good luck with your plumbing project!

Answered 9 years ago by JP

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