I noticed awet patch of carpet near one of my radiators and when I pulled the carpets back th underlay was wet as was the floor underneath. The plumber said that it is due to the copper pipes not being insulated before being buried in concrete and that they have probably eroded. He is talking of digging up the floors to see just how far the problem goes. Is this extreme and lokking for a nice long expensive job or is there an easier way.
P.S. The digging up of the floors is particularly awkward as I live in an appartment.
Ouch, this could end up being an expensive job. This is the problem with buried copper, it corrodes and if it is corroded in one place.............
Before he touches anything, make sure for yourself what is happening.
Get a second opinion. Pull the carpet back and leave it for a day or two. Constantly keep feeling around the radiator and valve for water leaks. See if anything dries up.
If the leak is under the floor, digging it up will only be a temporary cure as the whole system will be weak and will fail somewhere else in the future.
Copper pipes used to be buried in the concrete but not anymore as concrete does erode copper piping (didnt used to be known). New builds have all the piping above floor level to allow access.
If your problem is the same, I am afraid it is major. My friend had to have all the piping in the central heating downstairs isolated (left in place to avoid diggin up the ground but just left unfunctional) and new piping installed above ground level for all the central heating downstairs Â£Â£Â£Â£Â£
I would recommend getting some insurance and leaving it for a few months and then claiming otherwise you are looking at a four figure bill.
[quote="nitro23456"]I would recommend getting some insurance and leaving it for a few months and then claiming otherwise you are looking at a four figure bill.[/quote]You should totally ignore that piece of advice IMHO. Such a claim would be completely fraudulent and the Ins Co would throw the book at you when (not if) they find out.
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