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Replaced Main Home Water Line with Copper Line

Main Water line Replaced from House; from house to tie in to main city water supply
*Options I considered for this project:
1. Find the Leak, drill down into concrete, fix leak and patch up driveway
2. Burrow underneath driveway to find leak and repair
3. Replace Line
*Questions and unexpected events that arose during the project:
How to find the leak - need listening device from professional plumber
How to repair once leak was found - how much concrete to tear up and replace
Cost of Copper Line and whether that was good investment
* Cost Comments:
Plumber to Find Leak - $200
Copper Line Installed including digging - $1400
*My motivation to do this project:
A leak developed in main pvc pipe for water line of house. The water line was located underneath the driveway which made it a very complicated repair process
*Project Steps:
Noticed water leaking from flower bed near house; low water pressure
Hired plumber to help find leak and diagnosis and suggest repair

Have Questions About This Post?

  • Hudson Designs
    Hudson Designs Loganville, GA

    Brass is an alloy of copper, so Brass to copper is better than metal to copper.

    REGGIE N Mc Kinney, TX

    The did a nice job and felt like they priced it much cheaper than a local franchise plumber.

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO

    your lucky to live in such a warm climate...our water lines here are 6 to 8 feet below grade...this is our frost depth...digging a hole that big...can cost some serious bucks!

  • Hudson Designs
    Hudson Designs Loganville, GA

    Your old line, why was it leaking?
    I have seen many times in the past that sand in the water can over time cut into copper and cause the leak. Any reason you did not use PVC or Pex piping?

  • Lrc3

    Solder joints under ground are not allowed on many water systems because the minerals will over time leech the minerals out of the solder, then a solder joint leak. Flare or compression fittings are usually required. There are some great non-solder