I have a problem with my well pipe - it leaks in the spring (when snow melts). As you can see from image below - multiple hack repairs were attempted by previous owners.

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I was going to excavate the outside and redo the pipe. However - it turned out that pipe enters the house under the concrete stairs. Here's a pic we did this summer (had to just backfill it back).

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Here's the problem - If I relocate the pipe so it enters the house in other place bypassing concrete stairs - it would appear that entry point will be only 2.4 ft deep...

So my questions is - if I bust the concrete stairs to fix the pipe - am I then required by code to just leave it under stairs as that would be the only way to satisfy 4 ft requirement?

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    Chances are that code allows shallower entry if you insulate properly. How does moving the entry point horizontally resolve the water leak? – isherwood Jan 12 '16 at 15:35
  • does the pipe enter the house at 4 feet from under the steps? – ojait Jan 12 '16 at 15:56
  • @isherwood it doesn't. But if I move it horizontally I won't have to demolish concrete stairs if it leaks again. Then I can easily just dig the hole and fix it. – Dannyboy Jan 12 '16 at 20:01
  • @ojait well if you add stairs height to the ground height -> then yes it makes 4ft+. – Dannyboy Jan 12 '16 at 20:03
  • So you're measuring for ground freeze from the top step and not the ground? What's the measurement from the basement floor to the ground outside? – ojait Jan 12 '16 at 20:08

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