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Old 03-10-2012, 06:49 AM   #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?

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We're in Seattle and the meter is in the ground by the side of our driveway in the neighbor's parking strip. The pipe is probably under the driveway to complicate things. We have a leak and it's not obvious to us where it is. Just thinking ahead that the plumber may say the line needs to be replaced.
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We're in Seattle and the meter is in the ground by the side of our driveway in the neighbor's parking strip. The pipe is probably under the driveway to complicate things. We have a leak and it's not obvious to us where it is. Just thinking ahead that the plumber may say the line needs to be replaced.
You're options will probably be copper or poly. I'd go poly, its real common in my area. Also, if you have a plumber replace it, ask him if he can "pull" the line. The process involves threading a small cable through your existing line and attaching new pipe to it. As the cable is pulled back, along with the old pipe, the new pipe is pulled into position- very little digging and could save your driveway.
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Thank you, TheEplumber. Pulling the line would be great! I hadn't thought of that, hope he can do that.

By poly do you mean Pex?
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Thank you, TheEplumber. Pulling the line would be great! I hadn't thought of that, hope he can do that.

By poly do you mean Pex?
Not PEX, it's polyethylene. I believe it's called 200# poly. It's the same pipe as used for irrigation but heavier.
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That must be what they call PE?
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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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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?
Turn off the main shut off valve inside your house. Now look at your water meter dial. If the little triangle is spinning, you have a leak in your main before the valve.
There are leak detection devices and services. But they are only as good as the operator. IMO, usually not that accurate. And yes a metal detector will find steel pipe but not the leak.
How deep is your line?
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If we were to have a plastic pipe put in, how would the house be grounded?
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With grounding rods (8' long metal rods) usually 2 spaced 6' apart.
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Thank you! The electricians put those in when they gave us a new circuit breaker panel when our fuse box gave out a couple years ago. So I guess we're set.
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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 to go under the concrete.

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Dude, if the waterline is already in... you shouldn't need to bore it. Just run a cable through the old pipe and pull the new line in place as you pull out the old one. We do it all the time! There's a video on our youtube channel of us pulling a waterline under a sidewalk and yard. Check it out from our site, Rochester Excavating

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Thanks for the tip, PipeNinja, but they're going to put the new line in in a different place.

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