View Full Version : Location of hot & cold water pipes

Kara Janish
12-21-2008, 12:27 PM
I recently purchased a patio home with in floor heat. I would like to stop using the in floor heat and rely upon the forced air furnace instead. However, my hot & cold water pipes are not located in the attic and I fear I might consequently freeze them if I turn off the in floor heat. Are these pipes typically embedded in the concrete slab or are they buried below it? Should either location concern me, should I go without in floor heat? FYI, I live in MN where our daytime high is often below 0.

Thanks in advance for your input!!!

12-21-2008, 01:53 PM
If you have some type of heat, your slab can't freeze.

Plumbing is generally not in the slab but a few inches under.

Why don't you want the radiant heat? Seems like it would make sense to heat from the ground up.