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How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby Bsuds » Jan 8th, 2018, 11:15 am

We had another minor water leak on the weekend and it got the Wife and I talking.
Our house is 30 years old and has plastic piping that is prone to failure.
We are thinking maybe we should have it ALL replaced before we have a major failure.

So I'm looking for suggestions on how/who to have that done as I'm sure we will need more than just a plumber.
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby alanjh595 » Jan 8th, 2018, 11:19 am

Switch to PEX or even better OXY PEX. Cut 1 line, tape it to the end of the new pipe and PULL! Use the old line as "fish tape" to run the new line.

Now, 1 story or two?
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby Bsuds » Jan 8th, 2018, 11:55 am

alanjh595 wrote:Now, 1 story or two?


4 level split which makes it more difficult. 2 1/2 Baths with the main bath and en-suite on the top floor.
Basement under the Kitchen area is finished.
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby Queen K » Jan 8th, 2018, 11:59 am

Bsuds wrote:We had another minor water leak on the weekend and it got the Wife and I talking.
Our house is 30 years old and has plastic piping that is prone to failure.
We are thinking maybe we should have it ALL replaced before we have a major failure.

So I'm looking for suggestions on how/who to have that done as I'm sure we will need more than just a plumber.


Wise.

To have your insurance be valid, start getting quotes from certified plumbing agencies and decide who is getting the very expensive job.
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby GordonH » Jan 8th, 2018, 1:07 pm

Bsuds wrote:We had another minor water leak on the weekend and it got the Wife and I talking.
Our house is 30 years old and has plastic piping that is prone to failure.
We are thinking maybe we should have it ALL replaced before we have a major failure.

So I'm looking for suggestions on how/who to have that done as I'm sure we will need more than just a plumber.


There has been some innovation in plumbing in last 30 years, that you may want to look into.
i.e tankless hot water system
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby Bsuds » Jan 8th, 2018, 1:25 pm

GordonH wrote:There has been some innovation in plumbing in last 30 years, that you may want to look into.
i.e tankless hot water system


We have a high efficiency tank that is only a couple of years old and looked into those before buying.
At the time they were too expensive and their life expectancy was poor. Not cost effective.
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby GordonH » Jan 8th, 2018, 1:34 pm

GordonH wrote:There has been some innovation in plumbing in last 30 years, that you may want to look into.
i.e tankless hot water system

Bsuds wrote:We have a high efficiency tank that is only a couple of years old and looked into those before buying.
At the time they were too expensive and their life expectancy was poor. Not cost effective.


Okay, there are other innovations to look at as well.
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby dirtybiker » Jan 8th, 2018, 1:42 pm

I have no referral, just curious. and interested.

It sounds to me like a very daunting task.

In todays weird world maybe making it into a TV Show would off-set the cost.
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby Bsuds » Jan 8th, 2018, 2:28 pm

dirtybiker wrote:In todays weird world maybe making it into a TV Show would off-set the cost.


Maybe we could get Mike Holmes to look at it! :smt045
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby kelownman » Jan 8th, 2018, 2:34 pm

Love it or List it - Vancouver is looking for projects in the kelowna area.....or they were... do a kitchen/bathroom (s) makeover and have the plumbing done at the same time! [icon_lol2.gif]
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby alanjh595 » Jan 8th, 2018, 2:38 pm

Bsuds wrote:
dirtybiker wrote:In todays weird world maybe making it into a TV Show would off-set the cost.


Maybe we could get Mike Holmes to look at it! :smt045


You are way too old to become a member of the snowflake generation and be looking for something for nothing. You would have better luck getting a discount from a local plumber wanting to break into the youtube market. Good luck!.
Maybe sell it and let the next guy worry about it?
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby Bman » Jan 8th, 2018, 2:57 pm

Queen K wrote:
Bsuds wrote:We had another minor water leak on the weekend and it got the Wife and I talking.
Our house is 30 years old and has plastic piping that is prone to failure.
We are thinking maybe we should have it ALL replaced before we have a major failure.

So I'm looking for suggestions on how/who to have that done as I'm sure we will need more than just a plumber.


Wise.

To have your insurance be valid, start getting quotes from certified plumbing agencies and decide who is getting the very expensive job.

Suds can do it himself and his insurance would still be valid.
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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby generalposter » Jan 8th, 2018, 3:44 pm

alanjh595 wrote:Switch to PEX or even better OXY PEX. Cut 1 line, tape it to the end of the new pipe and PULL! Use the old line as "fish tape" to run the new line.

Now, 1 story or two?


Not going to be that easy. Code requires plumbing to be secured to the structure at specific intervals. This maintains integrity of the lines and prevents noise due to vibration and pulsing.

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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby generalposter » Jan 8th, 2018, 3:57 pm

Bsuds wrote:We had another minor water leak on the weekend and it got the Wife and I talking.
Our house is 30 years old and has plastic piping that is prone to failure.
We are thinking maybe we should have it ALL replaced before we have a major failure.

So I'm looking for suggestions on how/who to have that done as I'm sure we will need more than just a plumber.


The complexity of this job is dependant on the layout of all the plumbing fixtures. Many homes are built with bathrooms and kitchens stacked on top of each other or adjacent. This reduces materials required and also helps keep any 'wet' wall as an interior wall. If you house is similar the task may not be so daunting.

A devise has just come available that works in conjunction with an I-Phone; a type of app. About $100 at builders supply stores. It enables you to pinpoint the exact location of plumbing, wiring, structure, dead bodies and hidden loot within the walls. I have been told it works amazingly well.

I would start there. Locate all the water lines, mark them with painters tape and then assess the situation. You may have to combine this job with fresh paint after you have replaced the drywall as needed. A good dry wall tech can patch it in really well enabling you to cut and remove quite selectively.

Like any job this overwhelming, you need to do a full assessment of what you're up against and decide how to act. I think you are wise to be pro-active as water damage is insidious. You may even have things leaking that you aren't aware of yet. Careful how you move forward as insurance frowns upon certain known to be faulty plastic lines. Good luck.

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Re: How to replace all plumbing in House?

Postby MAPearce » Jan 8th, 2018, 4:56 pm

Not going to be that easy. Code requires plumbing to be secured to the structure at specific intervals. This maintains integrity of the lines and prevents noise due to vibration and pulsing.


Yeah ...

I'm thinking there's gonna be some complete drywall re and re ...
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