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Winter has arrived in Washington along with Christmas and New Year's. When you're thinking about staying warm and cozy consider the same for your water pipes.
Dear Angie: How much can I expect to pay to have my wood fireplace converted to gas? Our house is about 30 years old. The bottom of the fireplace looks like it's easily accessed through the basement. The conversion would involve running 30 to 50 feet of gas line. — Thomas M., Cincinnati, Ohio
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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The plumber didn't plan his work very well, although he was technically competent. He suggested that I fix the burst pipe by rerouting it on an exterior wall, and I asked if he would be able to fit the pipe and insulation within the drywall. He assured me he would, only to "discover" that the insulation wouldn't fit once he'd put the pipe into place. Similarly, he planned on putting a valve in with the shutoff running vertically, so that my access panel would not close when the valve was closed. When I pointed out to him that this would require my access panel to be open all winter when I winterized my pipes, leaving my house cold, he recognized that maybe this wasn't a good plan. I had to watch him like a hawk to make sure his half-measures wouldn't cause problems. As it turns out, the pipe he installed in the wall wasn't straight. As I said, awful planning.
The real problem, however, was the drywall guys. I'd told M&S that we needed the hole patched promptly. The plumber was supposed to call the drywall guys, give them a picture of the job, and tell them what they'd need to do to get the wall fixed the next morning. I'd asked the plumber what I should expect for drywall, and while he wouldn't quote me a price, he said not much--less than the plumbing work.
The drywall guys arrived, tracked mud all through my house, and promptly told me that (a) they didn't have the parts (aluminum-backed drywall) that they needed to fix my wall and (b) it would cost over $1,100 to patch the drywall if I wanted it done that day--otherwise, I could have a cold hole in my wall for a week because their schedule was full. (That was after I bargained them down from $1350!) Oh, and they'd charge me for putting insulation around the pipe that the plumber hadn't been able to insulate--even though I'd paid for "insulation" on the pipe that the plumber thought he could install and then couldn't. There followed a very unpleasant conversation with a
I didn't really have a choice--given the timing, I needed the fix that morning. The larger hole was, to be fair, fixed competently. However, an area of drywall that was also supposed to be repaired is now (a week later) crumbling, and the paint flaking off.
I now feel like a fool for paying much more than the plumbing job was actually worth, and trusting
Once the additional valve was turned off, work proceeded at a reasonable speed. Though he had to return to his van a couple of times. It bordered on what I thought might be tactics to increase the amount of time spent on the job but not to the point I said something. I was surprised that the time spent bailing out a water line that had not been turned off was not taken off the job. The plumber was friendly and courteous and the work was quality and so I didn't make a big deal of it at the time, but in retrospect it bothered me.
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