Trying to plan ahead with a failing water line.
about 1/2 in. x 500 ft. Red PEX Pipe on
August 25, 2014
My water line from the meter to my house is that brittle blue stuff that is now failing. I had a leak in January right at the water meter and managed to repair it, but given the nature of this pipe, I wonder if it can happen again. The portion that was repaired is under a flower bed; the rest of the pipe runs under a concrete driveway.
First question: is the pipe adequately protected by the driveway to not fail again?
Second question: In case it might, I want to run a line around the driveway to minimize the amount of concrete that needs to be torn up. My plan is to lay in a course of 1"PEX, capping it off at both ends and refilling the ditch [which has already been dug to requirements thanks to conscripted teenage labor.] This way if the pipe fails again, all that would be necessary would be to uncap the PEX, connect it to the meter and complete the connection to the house. does his make sense? it seems silly to refill the ditch if there's a chance it may need to be re-dug for a future break.
Third question: If I do this, how should I cap the ends to prevent dirt from entering the PEX?
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