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Old 03-27-2017, 05:46 AM   #1
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Bury PEX or PVC for House Main


Which product would be best to bury for a water main? I live in NE North Carolina.

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All of them can be buried. PVC is used the most prolifically for this and is well proven.
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Polyethylene pipe is used a lot for underground water.
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So, currently I have PVC ran as my main and then transitions to qwest once it comes into the crawl space. Im planning on replacing all the qwest with pex this weekend.

My debate is assuming the PVC is 25 years old, replacing the PVC (there currently are no issues) with PEX, or replacing the PVC with new PVC or leaving the PVC and transition from PEX
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Ayuh,.... 'round here, all new mains are HDP poly pipe,....

No joints, No leaks, cheap, 'n easy to run,....
Looks, 'n works like pex, just bigger/ heavier,...
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Ayuh,.... 'round here, all new mains are HDP poly pipe,....

No joints, No leaks, cheap, 'n easy to run,....
Looks, 'n works like pex, just bigger/ heavier,...
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HDPE is run here as well on well hook ups to the home.

To the OP, PVC doesn't really break down as long as it isn't exposed to UV light.
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If this is a water main from city water, you need to find out what products are acceptable to the water supply district. If this is a private well, there may be regulations enforced by the Board of Health (that is how it works in my town). If there are no regulations, I second high density polyethylene (HDPE), it comes in rolls, so you can bury a single length of pipe with joints only at the two ends.
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Another factor in the decision could be the "Gopher Factor". Information is rather sketchy and I seriously doubt the manufacturer or supplier of Poly pipe would reveal any information about Gopher chewing. I had first hand experience with it 50 years ago repairing Gopher chewed leaks but possibly ( hopefully ) the chemical formulation has changed since then to solve that problem.

Gophers don't seem to bother PVC.

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I'm so frustrated: I used drip irrigation in my orchard for several years and liked the way it saved water but gophers repeatedly destroyed the tubing. The worst part is that I wouldn't even notice most of the time because they chew their little holes in the underside of it. I tried both the 1/4 inch tubing and the 3/4 inch, they gnaw through them both. Sometimes my trees would suffer before I realized they were not getting water because some varmint had created his own drinking fountain. I spent every weekend repairing them.

My question is, does anyone know of any type of drip irrigation that would be gopher proof? There must be something I could find that they can't chew through. Or do you have any ideas on how to make it gopher-proof? Getting rid of all the gophers is not an option. They are as numerous as the stars in the sky.
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Another factor in the decision could be the "Gopher Factor". Information is rather sketchy and I seriously doubt the manufacturer or supplier of Poly pipe would reveal any information about Gopher chewing. I had first hand experience with it 50 years ago repairing Gopher chewed leaks but possibly ( hopefully ) the chemical formulation has changed since then to solve that problem.

Gophers don't seem to bother PVC.

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I'm so frustrated: I used drip irrigation in my orchard for several years and liked the way it saved water but gophers repeatedly destroyed the tubing. The worst part is that I wouldn't even notice most of the time because they chew their little holes in the underside of it. I tried both the 1/4 inch tubing and the 3/4 inch, they gnaw through them both. Sometimes my trees would suffer before I realized they were not getting water because some varmint had created his own drinking fountain. I spent every weekend repairing them.

My question is, does anyone know of any type of drip irrigation that would be gopher proof? There must be something I could find that they can't chew through. Or do you have any ideas on how to make it gopher-proof? Getting rid of all the gophers is not an option. They are as numerous as the stars in the sky.
Ayuh,.... Generally speakin', a water main lateral is considerably deeper than a lawn sprinkler system,...
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thanks everyone, as of now im planning on leaving the burried pvc in place, and replacing everything else with pex
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