The water service line going to our house is leaking. The leak is originating from our lawn down to the street. The plumbers who have looked at it are saying that our pipe is made of polybutylene, which is known to crack. Our neighbors have had the same issue before. The line is going from the city shutoff to our water meter, which is about 50ft away. Our house is on a concrete slab and we do not have a basement. The plumbers have given us some options:
Spot fix the line. This is the cheapest option. The line from the leak to the city shutoff valve would replaced with a copper pipe. However, they are not recommending this because they say that since the pipe is fragile, moving it could upset the rest of the pipe and cause more leaks
Replace the entire line by threading the new copper line through the existing pipe. The existing pipe would split apart. They are saying this does not have a high chance of success
Run the copper line up to the garage. Once inside the garage, the copper line would be run along the walls until it got to the water meter. They will wrap track wire around the pipe and plug it into an electrical outlet; the purpose of the wire is to keep the pipe warm. They will then insulate the pipe and wire assembly.
Is option 1 recommended? Options 2 and 3 are more expensive, and I don't have high hopes for option 2. For option 3, I am concerned about the maintenance required. For example, what if there is a snow storm and our power goes out?