Water Line Replacement

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  1. Mar 10, 2012 #1

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    We may have to have our water line replaced from the meter to the house. What kind of pipe should it be replaced with?

    Loretta
     
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    Where do you at??
     
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    Might want to check with the city, they might have a recommendation n depending on the water and soil in your area.

    Here in BC, the most common are:

    Soft Copper
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    Black Polyethylene (aka municipal tubing) [​IMG]

    PEX
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    The black tubing is probably cheapest but isn't rated for hot water.
     
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    I'm in Seattle, itiswhatitis1.

    Thank you Shawner! Pictures, too!
     
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    I don't think PEX is approved for underground burial and definitely not soft copper.
     
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    They're both common here.

    What do you use there?
     
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    So is there some kind of a meter that can detect a water leak? Is there a metal detector or something that can detect metal pipes?
     
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    Thank you nealtw. Can this be done on a driveway that has a downslope?
     
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    I don't see any reason why it couldn't be done. I would find a couple companys and get quotes.
     
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    If we were to have a plastic pipe put in, how would the house be grounded?
     
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    You will need a ground rod put in, should be done by an electrision.
     
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    What a electrision?????
     
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    So we have had 3 plumbers come out and give estimates. One wants to use copper, 2 want to use pex. So now the choice. Several people have suggested HDPE, but that has not been offered.

    But you know, we have moles in our yard from time to time and I have read that varmints chew through pex. What to do?

    They would be using trenchless, directional boring equipment, like nealtw suggested, to go under the concrete.

    Thank you!
     

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