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honeydew 11-20-2007 07:55 AM

PVC piping allowed in NY?
 
Just found this site, and seems to be a very helpful site. I am wondering if anyone knows if pvc piping is allowed in NY areas? I have a friend that purchashed a house in Queens , a 1.5 mill dollar house and it has pvc piping throughout the entire house. Also I have seen people buying this stuff like if it was free at the large homeimprovement chain stores.

Thanks to everyone!

scorrpio 11-20-2007 09:42 AM

If you mean PVC waste/drain piping, then yes, it is pretty much defacto standard everywhere these days. If you mean CPVC supply piping, that is unusual. Are they rigid or soft-looking? If soft, it is likely PEX, and is quickly becoming the preference vs more expensive copper.

Mike Swearingen 11-20-2007 09:47 AM

I agree that the supply pipes are most likely PEX. That's all that the plumbers here use anymore, unless copper is specified by the owner or builder.
PVC can only be used in drains or cold water lines (NOT hot water lines). In some places in NY I'm told that they only allow cast iron drain pipes.
Always double-check such questions with the LOCAL Building Inspection Department. They enforce the local codes, which vary from place to place.
Mike

handy man88 11-20-2007 10:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike Swearingen (Post 75138)
I agree that the supply pipes are most likely PEX. That's all that the plumbers here use anymore, unless copper is specified by the owner or builder.
PVC can only be used in drains or cold water lines (NOT hot water lines). In some places in NY I'm told that they only allow cast iron drain pipes.
Always double-check such questions with the LOCAL Building Inspection Department. They enforce the local codes, which vary from place to place.
Mike

CPVC can be used for hot water.

Marlin 11-20-2007 04:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike Swearingen (Post 75138)
Always double-check such questions with the LOCAL Building Inspection Department. They enforce the local codes, which vary from place to place.
Mike

"Some places" being NYC. I know NYC doesn't allow plastic anywhere. That means no PVC, no CPVC, no Pex, etc. They probably allow no hub pipe and dual tights but I wouldn't put money on it. They may well still be in the dark ages of lead joints. Their is nothing that stops homeowners and handymen from installing it, that's why you see it flying off the shelves at Home Depot. They aren't going to voulenteer that information to you and loose a sale.

Now the reason I say ask is their may be an execption for parts of Queens and Staten Island.

bet Call the local building department and ask, it might be allowed

honeydew 11-21-2007 06:06 AM

Thanks guys, will do my homework:thumbsup:

LawnGuyLandSparky 11-21-2007 06:57 AM

If this is a detached single family house, or, a 2-family detached, plastic is perfectly legal in ALL boroughs of NYC, not just Queens and Staten Island. Many NYC tradesmen still have their heads stuck in 1965 and think Romex is illegal everywhere, Plastic is illegal, CPVC is illegal, and it isn't.

NYC is now under the national electric code, with a few NYC ammendments but no longer does NYC have it's own "NYC electrical code." The same is true for plumbing. They use the UBC for everything except hi-rise construction where most of the exceptions to all national codes apply. Plastic is not permitted in hi-rises.


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