I live in Phoenix in a 1400 sqft home that was built in 1973, single story, brick and frame. A few days ago we experienced a slab leak in our guest bathroom, and we're currently entertaining bids to fix it. However, we're a bit in the fog as far as what our best option is as far as the future health of the system is concerned. Currently we've got three options:
- Repair the damage, by tearing through the concrete, etc. Insurance will cover everything (demo and replacement) but the repair itself.
- Reroute the hot water line in question through the attic, which will be paid by the insurance company in full.
- Repipe the house entirely. Insurance won't pay for this, but I think having them reimburse us for one of the two options above will allow for the cost of repiping to go down.
Our concern is that the first two options will only result in another slab leak elsewhere. It's in this case where we are entertaining repiping of the whole house, especially if it's going to happen again. We've got some minor issues that will also be taken care of, like fixing the lines that tap into the irrigation (amateur leaky job) or moving the tankless water heater a bit to allow for a better water filtration set up.
So we'd like to know if the 'one-and-done' expensive solution is the right one, or is it not worth it?