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Old 04-16-2014, 11:51 PM
 
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I just bought a slab ranch in upstate NY, having a big issue with the plumbing which is mostly in the attic and taped with electric tape and a bunch of other insulating tape , which apparently didn't work because they rerouted half of the plumbing to the inside of the interior walls which is driving me crazy . Is there any way to have safe plumbing in the attic. There is insulation (fiberglass kind) over the pipes but there is no insulation on the rafters ?? It is an 1100 sq foot ranch one bathroom.
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I just bought a slab ranch in upstate NY, having a big issue with the plumbing which is mostly in the attic and taped with electric tape and a bunch of other insulating tape , which apparently didn't work because they rerouted half of the plumbing to the inside of the interior walls which is driving me crazy . Is there any way to have safe plumbing in the attic. There is insulation (fiberglass kind) over the pipes but there is no insulation on the rafters ?? It is an 1100 sq foot ranch one bathroom.
What are the problems?
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:55 AM
 
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Is there any way to have safe plumbing in the attic ???

Yes you can its called Pex or Vanguard and we have it plus your ins rates go down.
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Old 04-17-2014, 05:53 PM
 
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There is piping insulation around the plumbing because you are in upstate NY - where it gets cold - and you have no insulation in your attic.

One of the very first things I would do is insulate the attic or you are going to lose a buttload of money trying to keep the place warm in the winter.

But because I know zero about plumbing, if I were you, I would get at least three written prices from plumbers detailing their scope of work and detailing their price. If you are lucky enough to know someone who can help, they will be able to tell you (and guide you) to fixing it - or will do it for you for a reduced price.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Usually, the reason for this condition is either fire (PVC) or corrosion (copper)- this is not standard procedure for plumbing a house.

Either way, I would never do an attic re-plumb in upstate NY. Granted, it would be much more expensive, but the consequences of an attic plumb failure can be catastrophic.

Pex can be an excellent material for this type of retro-fit, but the installation has to be top-notch. Yet, there is still the chance of having a failure or at least an ice blockage.
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:55 AM
 
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I wonder if it started out as a seasonal vacation home where the plumbing would be drained in the winter and someone has tried to make it a year round home.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:44 PM
 
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That it was a seasonal home probably makes the most sense , but from all the advise I am getting here and from plumbers they are suggesting to get it out of the attic. which means short of ripping all the walls out running it on the inside of the walls is the best way. Thanks for the advise guys. Regarding the insulation , there is insulation laying over the pipes but not in the rafters. My last home I laid r39 on the floor of the attic and that worked out pretty well. , not in the rafters however.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Are there not such things/devices such as pipe heaters that wrap around pipes? Seems they could be used during the winter versus re-pipe the entire house.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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Are there not such things/devices such as pipe heaters that wrap around pipes?
BriskHeat Heating Tapes. Flexible heating tape for a wide range of applications: Laboratory, valves, pipe tracing for example
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