Water leak cause by Romax

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Old 12-08-05, 05:11 PM
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Water leak cause by Romax

Can an electrical wire crossing the main water inlet cause the line to pin hole and leak?
 
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Old 12-08-05, 05:25 PM
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homeowner1225, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
Anything that rests on a water line can cause leaks. This is due to vibration. I could use a little more info if you have a specific problem or need a more indepth answer for your concerns. Use the reply button at the bottom of the post to add or ask more questions. Good luck.
 
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Old 12-08-05, 05:47 PM
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In the past year we have repaired the main copper inlet pipe three times, then replaced the entire line. We thought we had fixed the problem and had the ceilings in 5 rooms closed up(a two story home), textured and painted, the repairman did a really great job.
After 3 months of no leaks, then 2 new leaks in the new copper line. The leaks are not at joints, elbows or at a nail rubs. The only common is that we notice them at night, above the refrigerator and they are working their way toward where the water comes into the house.
After talking to several plumbers, contractors, I asked the advise of a Home depot worker, he suggested I check for electrical wires in the area. Sure enough there is Romax wire running along the copper wire and the last leak happened where the wire crosses the line. Since the copper line is the only line that is grounded could this be the problem?
 
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Old 12-08-05, 05:56 PM
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While it is possible that the wire is the culprit, I would be looking more at the water. Copper, although the best in my opinion, has some natural enemies. They used to use copper for drain lines. Then found that urine ate it up. Chemicals in water can do the same thing. Check with neighbors if possible to see if they are experiencing the same problems. Good luck.
Sidenote: Look on the pipe and see what type copper it is. There are 3 thicknesses. Type M is thin, type L is medium thickness and type K is thick and usually installed underground. Type M should not be used inside the house for supply lines. The type should be printed along the sides of the pipe in ink or into the pipe.
 
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