Water pipes

Discussion in 'House Building Forum' started by Yorky, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    Where are your water pipes located?

    Excluding the new supply from the wellhole pump about 90% of the piping supplying water to our house is under the concrete (150mm) floors. It was apparent that we had a leak recently (the pump was working intermittently to maintain the pressure although no water was being used) which was a bit of a headache. As it's been raining continuously recently we had no way of determining the source of the leak. However, the 36 hour cessation of rain lead us to discover that the leak was, in fact, not far from the pressure pump and thankfully under the ground and not under the house. The source has now been excavated and the leak repaired.

    I wouldn't have had a clue what to do if the leaking pipe had been under the concrete.
     
  2. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member

    Sit back, do nothing and wait for a large sinkhole to appear and swallow you up. :eek::eek::eek:
     
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  3. Surin

    Surin Surin Legend

    Bypass that pipe if that happened. Connected at the pump and run it along the wall or foundation area and in to the internal fittings. Painted the same wall colour to camouflage as much as possible.
     
  4. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    How do I determine which pipe is leaking?
     
  5. Surin

    Surin Surin Legend

    You can't. Replace the whole lot externally.
     
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  6. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    It's going to be a bit of a pain in the bathrooms having pipes across the floor to the showers and washbasins (all are adjacent to internal walls).
     
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  7. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member

    Just rip up the floor and put some new ones in .....................

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  8. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    I have no idea what your floor consists of nomad69, but mine is tiles laid on 150mm thick reinforced concrete.

    Given a similar problem of the same magnitude occurring in the future and if the leak is under the house, it is likely that I'll just bite the bullet and pay the extra c. Bht 100.00 p.m. for the electric. There is no water loss as it is just returning from whence it came.
     
  9. Surin

    Surin Surin Legend

    It would be! Just wait as Nomad said..until it happens!
     
  10. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    I did have drawings indicating where the water pipes were located under the floor but after 4 new desktops and 4 new laptops in the last 20 years I'm afraid they are lost in the ethernet.

    Does anyone have any idea of the routes of their water pipes?

    [I do know where the electric cables are located. I ensured that the electrician chased them all into the wall vertically from the socket/light/switch. I think that he did that.]
     
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