Found that a copper pipe coming out of ground in back yard is the Hot Water pipe for the house. Turn on the Hot Water, the pipe gets hot.
It is sticking up out of the ground and think this is NOT GOOD! Would this be normal for a house on a slab built around 1956 in Texas?
Seems like it should be either running through the house or through the slab, not the back yard! It has a "nick" in the top of the pipe, so now getting worried it might start leaking, let alone the fact that it is sticking out of the ground. Would think it should have been buried about 4-8 ft down, not on the surface....
I understand Ecnerwal's explanation and what to do, just not sure I want to be the one doing it or that its a good long term solution.
Having worked on building houses over the years, I've done anything from framing to electrical wiring. Even hung drywall, thrown mud and done simple texturing, but that's an art I've never been good at.
One thing I've never done is run copper pipe. We always had a plumber come in and do this on the houses we built. Seemed like a lot of soldering and pipe bending - with a lot of patience. What I have never seen is sending a water line, either hot or cold, out through the yard to come back in on the other side of the house. This is where I think the 'jury rigging' has taken place. When? Who knows. My concern is, why?
The home was built in 1956(7), so maybe the pipes went bad somewhere? Regardless, I would have thought they would run the pipe into the ground next to the house, not out of the house a good 10 feet, then back in (and built a deck over it!). I can certainly bury the pipe again, but I plan on putting in sprinklers and gutters to pipe water to cisterns.
If I hadn't noticed this, the PVC pipes from the gutters would have cut right into this pipe when we did lay those. Should I be looking to rework this piping against the house slab foundation and bury there?
Most of my building experience was in CA. Is this normal for Texas?
My thought at this point is to call a plumber and see what they think.
Just trying to get some ideas / opinions so I'm at least half way informed before I start paying out big bucks for a little issue (hopefully!).