Replacing The Sewer Line

March 22, 2017 Managed WordPress Migration User No comments exist

 We didn’t set out to replace the sewer line in this remodel, but as you will see in this post, we ended up having to go there!

 

The background … the design for this home renewal called for removing a couple of load-bearing walls to open up the kitchen/living space, along with some minor corresponding plumbing changes: (1) moving a toilet, creating a good sized shower & adding a double vanity in the master bathroom, (2) relocating the laundry area to improve the flow of the entire home, and (3) adding a huge kitchen island in the main living space, which meant adding a sink, faucet, garbage disposal and drain. Expensive, we knew, but not TOO bad, given the anticipated end result!

 

Here’s a photo of the space – the wall down to studs before being removed, and you can clearly see the old kitchen sink …

So just a couple of holes to dig, and we can get everything where we want it. Here’s the kitchen area dug up, ready to position the electrical and plumbing for the island …

And here’s the master bathroom …

But look what we found! Cast iron sewer line from 1975, and look what shape it was in …

Not to worry, though, just replace the lines up to today’s building code with PVC pipe …

… and do a full plumbing test. They filled the entire system up with water to check for leaks and … WAIT … but not very long, because the water disappeared like a running RIVER!! So we started to investigate where the leaks might be coming from … dug up the Jack & Jill bathroom floor (you can see right through to the outside of the house in this photo) …

… and found this …

That cast iron line is completely cracked, all the way along the pipe! And we just KNEW at that point that we were going to have to replace the entire line, running all the way through the middle of the home. If you’ve ever had to do this on a remodel, you will know already that this is a MASSIVE undertaking, involving trenching the foundation slab, and sometimes even tunneling under the home! Plus it’s incredibly expensive …

But eventually, you can lay new pipe and get just the right drainage angle on it …

Then fill it all back in with dirt, put rebar across the join, add a moisture barrier, and have it all inspected by city building inspectors …

And when it passes inspection and is approved, FINALLY fill it all back in with new concrete …

Let it set, and we finally got our plumbing and electrical set up ready for the kitchen island! …

What a job! BUT the new home owner can be fully assured that this home has THE BEST plumbing in the neighborhood! Whilst all the other sewer lines in the area will soon need to be replaced, this one has been done, to today’s code, and will last a lifetime!

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