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Old 09-24-2012, 11:35 AM   #1
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Add washing machine hookup away from plumbing riser in high-rise apartment

I'm in the market for a new apartment in NYC, where having a washer/dryer in your apartment is highly desirable. Some of the apartments listed are in buildings that allow washer/dryer hookups, but I would like to know if it is possible to add a washer hookup, when the location is not directly adjacent to the plumbing riser.

I have attached a floor plan of such a scenario, where I would have to route hot and cold water lines and a drain pipe around a bathroom.

If it's possible, any idea how much I might expect to pay, including opening up and patching up the walls?

These apartment buildings all tend to have concrete slab floors, so you can't go underneath.

And yes, there will be a problem with venting the dryer; a condenser dryer is the only viable choice and I know they don't work very well.

I'm posting this here, but I don't actually expect to do the work myself; I'll hire a licensed plumber, because the buildings typically require it for insurance purposes.

Thanks very much for your insight.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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I've done a few machine hook up over the years in high rise buildings, and to be honest it all boils down to how much are you willing to spend, it can get extremely complicated and expensive to do the work up to code. i would do some research with owners that have had the installations done, get with the buildings super and get a set of blue prints showing drain and water isometrics, then get with a reputable plumber preferably one who has done installations in the building in the past, and get an estimate, permits a must, for liability purposes,Water Damage to other units from? Good Luck.



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