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kev98gsx 09-17-2012 10:24 AM

Temp waterline above ground
Hello all,

My wife and I will be moving into the addition of an existing house while we tear down the original and build a new one where the existing main house is.
The water currently is coming from the main house, but since we will be tearing that down I need to shut that water off in the main house.

So my question is: Is there any solution to run a temp water line from the water meter to the temp house? I dont want to bury the line since we dont know the exact location or footprint of the new house. And since winter is coming I know it needs insulation. But since I am in Houston, Texas, we dont get many "hard" freezes.

Thank you for all the help.

SeniorSitizen 09-17-2012 04:34 PM

In your situation I'd bury the line about 4" deep and away from where any construction equipment could damage it and mark its location well for future reference.

kev98gsx 09-17-2012 09:00 PM

But I am trying to see if there is an option that doesn't require me to bury the pipe since I don't know the future structure's footprint.

jaydevries 09-17-2012 10:25 PM

insulate pex inside a black corrugated drain pipe and if it gets real cold just let a sink drip slightly to keep a slight flow which will keep it from freezing

md2lgyk 09-18-2012 08:33 AM

My wife and I lived in an RV on our property for a couple of years while building our house. We are in Eastern WV so freezing temperatures are a given. We are on a well so there is no meter. I put in a yard hydrant a few feet from the house, and ran PVC pipe on the ground over to the RV (about 50 feet. I then installed heat trace cable on the pipe and covered it with foam insulation. We had a few subzero mornings, but the pipe never froze.

What do you intend to do about sewer??

kev98gsx 09-18-2012 09:03 AM

the sewer is on its own, so no worries there.

but we dont get but a week total where freezing is an issue. but i just dont want a busted pipe.

md2lgyk 09-18-2012 04:05 PM

Well, if there's as little freezing as you say, just letting a faucet drip should be all you need to do. As noted above, moving water won't freeze.

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