My son and his wife live in a Victorian terrace house that is supplied with
water off a 'common' supply pipe that is feeding several houses. As a result
his water pressure is abysmal and, when running a bath or having a shower,
his combi boiler keeps overheating and 'tripping out'.
He has contacted United Utilities about the problem and, in common with all
other water companies, they will supply a dedicated feed to the boundary of
his house straight off the water main, free of charge.
Problem is, of course, that he will be responsible for the supply pipe from
the boundary of his house, across the lounge and kitchen floors (solid) and
up to the existing stop-cock. It is also, apparently, the householders
responsibility to ensure that the existing lead supply pipe is capped at the
point where it comes off the common supply pipe. (How on earth do you find
out where that is?)
Knowing that I am a keen DIYer, he has asked me if I would be capable of
installing the new supply pipe from kitchen to the new stop-cock outside on
Although I am quite happy to undertake household plumbing (I've just
completely replaced my bathroom, removing old airing cupboard and installing
shower cubicle), I have no experience of installing supply pipes. Looking
at the diagrams on the United Utilities web-site, it doesn't look that
difficult - although digging down 750mm into my son's lounge floor and then
cutting out through the foundations of the house does look a bit daunting.
Anyone any experience in this type of job willing to offer a view on whether
this is DIY'able?