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From the sounds of it, you have a clog between the floor drain and the connection to the city sewer (unless you have a septic tank). The lower flow rates of sinks / showers / dishwashers probable don't cause a backup like the washing machine does. A couple of suggestions.
1. Snake the drain line with a spade tip snake, twisting the snake as you advance it. This should clear the partial blockage.
2. If feasable, have your washing machine discharge into a utility sink and put a strainer on the drain to catch the clothing fibre (fibres and grease from the sink probably made the clog in the first place not to mention a garbage disposal).
3. Replace your floor drain with one that has a backflow preventer (looks like there is a ping pong ball in it).
Mobile homes used CPVC for years and some still do. It works fine but is not as strong as a properly soldered copper pipe system. Is the contractor installing this new plumbing a licensed plumber? I'd be surprised if he is since he's using CPVC and not PEX (or similar) or copper. PEX pipe is even cheaper than CPVC when run by a knowledgable plumber. It doesn't require nearly as many joints since it comes in rolls and can flex through spaces easily.
There are some groups raising a fuss about BPA and other chemicals found in plastics that don't like the use of CPVC, PVC, or PEX pipe. I haven't seen the results of any lab tests to confirm or dispute their concerns. As far as durability goes it's fairly safe as long as it's properly installed and secured. It is not as susceptible to hard water damage as copper. It absolutely must be insulated along it's entire length to protect it from contact to other materials as well as freezing. Also, the fixtures in the house need to be grounded electrically since the pipe itself provides no electrical protection against accidental shock or electrocution. In a copper plumbed house the system is grounded so static electricity, a short in a wire near a water line, or lightning strike will carry the current out through the pipe instead of through the water to you, ideally.
If it's installed correctly you should be fine but make sure the contractor knows what he is doing and follows the proper procedures to use CPVC pipe.
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I get a few calls a year for this sort of thing. It's usually something simple but can be a nightmare to diagnose, especially if the problem is intermittent. Start with the simple possibilities and use deductive reasoning to narrow the possibilities. Before you do a lot of damage it may pay off to hire a reputable contractor to help you make sure you've exhausted all of the imple and more obvious possibilities.
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he did not return the right amount of change to me. Originally, he agreed to reimburse me for the work, but he never did. When I saw him on the street (he lives on my block) and asked when I would get the money back, he said he had spent a lot of time on the job, and so, would not be refunding my money. I was shocked that he was so cavalier about this issue, since he is a neighbor.
The sidewalk removal and plumbing repair was done timely and appropriately. The workers were very nice and professional. There was apparently some issue with a sinkhole in the street that required the city to do some work. That meant that our sidewalk was unable to be replaced. The city apparently did their work a week later. However, our sidewalk was not replaced for weeks after. This was apparently the result of rain and cold weather, though we're not very sure about that. Multiple calls to the contractor inquiring about status were not returned. Then one day, without notice, they just came out and replaced the sidewalk.
There is a difference of opinion in our household whether the sidewalk should have been treated differently. The sidewalk slopes down to match our neighbors' sloping sidewalk. This is a 2-person review. One person thinks this was the appropriate way to handle it. The other person thinks the contractor should have asked us if we'd like it to be level and possibly do additional work to repair the neighboring sidewalk. Also, the second person thinks they should have also fixed the dilapidated
So, I turned to Angie's List. I found Home Plumbing Services and while I had to wait about a week for an appointment, the outcome was quite positive. It was a quick job and they were in and out of the house in under 45 minutes.
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