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Question DetailsAsked on 3/24/2018

plumber needed zip code 02915

crawl space below house needs a cast iron pipe changed to a PVC pipe. Also need plumber to change a kitchen sink and faucet as well as traps cleaned in bathrooms

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Plumbing is the Search the List category to find a well-rated and reviewed plumber for this - pretty much any qualified plumber should be able to handle all that work for you.

You don't say WHY the cast iron needs replacing - if just a minor joint leak or two those can be reliably repaired. If corroded or eroded out then yes, replacement - though assuming the cast iron you are talking about is a DWV (drain, waste, vent) pipe I would strongly recommend ABS, not PVC. (ABS is the shiny black DWV pipe) - or HDPE if underground. If you do go with PVC underground, at least please use Schedule 80, not Schedule 40, for durability. If crawlspace pipe needs replacement due to freezing, usually cast or ductile iron would be used and heat traced. (Heat tracing plastic pipe is an iffy thing, as if the heat tape fails plastic pipe provides a ready hot burning fuel.

On the toilet - your options include riser bases, tall toilets, and booster seats sitting on top of the existing toilet - booster seats are cheapest by far - commonly installed along with handicapped assist bars so consider if those are or will shortly be needed.

On the traps - not sure what "check" you want - normally if they flow full flow draining the water and can readily keep up with the incoming flow without the tub/shower/sink starting to fill up with the drain full open, they would be fine. Otherwise, some drain cleaning may be in order. Tub/shower traps usually not readily accessible so disassembly is rare unless leaking. Sink traps usually no problem to check by removal (usualy easy access) though commonly the problem is hair caught on the plunger mechanism in the drop tube, not the trap itself - so be sure he checks/disassembled both to clean clear from the sink through the trap. If doing sink traps might consider having kitchen trap cleaned out too on same visit - usually clogs up more frequently than sink ones.

On bathroom sink/tub/shower drain clogging - I suggest using drain screens like this to keep most particulates and hair and soap pieces out of the trap - I am showing ones I use, similar ones available at pretty much all box and major online and plumbing stores - be sure ones you get have a standup portion to increase drain opening area, and are flexible so they sit down tight all around the bottom of the sink/tub/shower. Periodically remove and clean by wiping with TP or paper towel and throwing into the trash (NOT down toilet), NOT as many people do by rinsing off in the sink because that will just clog the sink.

You have a pretty fair scope of work there - so be sure to get several firm bids from different contractors.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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