Redoing Water Lines into the House

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Before I start on this post, I want to tell you how excited we are about this project. We are SO SO EXCITED because now our water lines are where they need to be! But first let me show you what we were working with. Here is our laundry room, tell me if you see a problem…


Do you see the problem? The washing machine is NOT by the dryer and the water lines are right against the cold foundation. Freezing problem waiting to happen if this wall was closed in. Another thing is all the pipes on the ceiling and the water softener is just hanging out, not working…

But what about the bathroom?


First is the water heater that takes up a lot of room. Then again, a bunch of pipes everywhere.

We decided long ago that we were going to redo all water lines before finishing the basement, just did not plan on doing it this year. But after discovering that our duct vents for the furnace are not the right size and water lines are in the way to resize them. We decided to get a bid on redoing all our water lines inside the house and out.


Normally we would call a couple of different plumbers but we have a plumber that we really like and we feel like his prices are really good. So we called him to come give us a bid. For him to redo everything inside and move somethings around (washing machine, water heater, and water softener) this would be about $1,600. Then for him to redo the outside water line (from the meter to the house), add a new stop & waste value for the sprinklers, and add a freeze proof faucet to the house, he would charge $1,650. So for him to do everything it would cost us about $3,250. We thought this bid was going to be double what it was. To us at this price, we decided it was worth him doing all the work, especially outside.

But before he could come redo and move the washing machine water lines, we needed to build a wall for it to go on. So I got to work filling in all the cracks in the foundation to waterproof the wall better (post coming soon). Then I painted some Drylock onto the wall (see how we did this before, here). SIDE NOTE: I liked the Drylock better than the Behr paint I used before. After the paint dried, we were ready to build our very first wall. Now because this was our first wall ever, I am not going to give a tutorial but stay tuned for how we built a closet wall in our basement. We finished the wall just in time for the plumber to come the next day. Please note that we only built half of the wall because there was a bunch of plumbing in the way, needed to be removed first.


For day one, the plumber started in the inside of the house (it was raining outside). He removed all the old pipe within a couple of hours then started on adding new PEX pipe (PEX pipe is cheaper than copper). After him working for 8 hours, we had all new water lines inside the house and water back on.

The next day was outside day. He started digging around our sprinklers with a shovel. We were a little worried about the placement of the sprinkler values and hoped that the old pipe would be able to be pulled out (only if it did not break!). If the pipe broke we would have to cut the sprinkler and probably remove the sidewalk, NOT what we wanted.

After digging out around our sprinklers, he pulled out the big digger and started digging down to the pipe.


At this point, he cut the old pipe and sledge hammered it back into the house about 5-8 inches. He did this because our pipe was to close to the wall inside the basement, needed extra pipe to connect the new pipe to pull through. He then attached the new pipe (blue) to the old pipe and pulled it through.


SIDE NOTE: The old pipe did not break, YAY! It did look something like this. In a couple more years, we would have had a different turn out.


Once the plumber pulled out the new pipe, he finished digging with the big machine. But now problem number 2, our light pole went right over our water line, plus our old stop & waste and faucet were located inside the box. So we had to remove it. But before the plumber came, I had to disconnect all the electrical wires going to the light pole. Which I did the day before he came. Eric and his helper also removed all the bricks surrounding the light pole before.


Now something the original owners of the home liked was cement and we were wondering how much was used to cement this guy in. Here is the process of removing the light pole.


After removing, the plumber was shocked at all the cement. Plus he was wondering if we would be able to remove it because it was heavy. We also had a time breaking that cement block down…

Anyways back to the plumbing, after removing the light pole the plumber could now finish the water line and fill everything in. Here is what we where left with.

Process of replacing our main water lines

The soil will compact down more over time but I think it does not look to bad. We just need to get some sod for where the light pole was.

We also got a faucet added to the side of our house, no more worrying about that freezing and it does not leak like the old one! And that was the 2 day process of us redoing our water lines inside and out of our home. Here is our home today about a month later.


Does anyone else need to replace a main water line?

PS. The grass is looking better and better everyday!

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