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Discuss risk from a copper pipe with little support? in the Plumbing Forum area at UKPlumbersForums.co.uk.

  1. MaximMax

    MaximMax New Member

    Hi everyone,

    Looking for some advice about whether there is any risk from a pipe in a flat I just moved into (not in UK).

    Under the kitchen sink, the cold water enters through a copper pipe that has been bent upwards in a weird shape so that it can reach the sink. They’ve done this because a drainage pipe (for a washing machine) is in the way, flush against the wall. The copper pipe isn’t attached to the wall for a good 1.5 feet or so. It also has a heavy-looking brass shut-off valve at the top of it. It seems relatively stable.

    I know it’s not a great set-up, but my specific concern is that the pipe might leak (or even burst?) because it has so little support. Any thoughts on whether this is very likely with a copper pipe installed like this?

    Very grateful for your help!

  2. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    You are right it doesn’t look good however the likelihood of the stress of the weight of water in the foot and a half of copper pipe I would say there was minimal chance of the copper pipe bursting. I think the thing to question is is it putting any and you stress on the flexible pipe towards the end as it hits the tap
  3. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR

    I would recommend the pipework is removed and plumbed it is quite possible that the existing could cause problems in the future. Kop
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  4. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Good be better
  5. tonyt

    tonyt New Member

    Looking at that I see you are in France - I have seen much worse!
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  6. MaximMax

    MaximMax New Member

    Thanks everyone for your comments! I’ll look into getting it fixed!
  7. johnduffell

    johnduffell Member

    The main risk i can see would be repeated movement from the water hammer especially in the washer hose would eventually weaken and crack the pipe. Good idea to fix it.
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