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Can anyone please explain the process for Water main pipe replacement? The pipe that comes into the house is very old iron pipe is small and corroded, hence not getting enough water flow, I guess we need to get this replaces with 25mm MDPE pipe. Can anyone please let me know the process for this? I suppose the pipe that is inside the property is our responsibility and not the water supplier responsibility


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Best/cheapest is for you to dig the trench etc and run the pipe into the building and then get the supplier to make the connection.

There's lots of regs so they will need to inspect your work.


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Can he not get a contractor in and use a "mole" ?

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Can he not get a contractor in and use a "mole" ?


I would guess the water inspector may have problems checking depth and making sure the pipe is covered with sand


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I dug a trench and laid MDPE for someone a while back. I just put a stopcock on and capped off the house end of the pipe and left the other end poking up a few feet at the boundary of the house with a bit of duct tape around the end to keep it clean. That house had an existing supply in 15mm copper through the party wall from the neighbouring house.

They had to wait a couple of months for the new supply to be connected up but, as far as I know nobody ever showed any interest in inspecting my work or making sure the MDPE was >750mm below ground level, etc. I just got a call after it had been connected in the street and went and moved the supply over in the house, filled in the end of the trench and sorted out the no-longer-needed plumbing in the neighbouring house where it was teed off through the wall.

Of course, that's not to say a different water authority wouldn't do things differently. But as far as Thames Water were concerned, as long as the bit of pipework at the boundary of the house was >750mm deep and in good shape they seemed happy to connect it in the street. I guess everything else is the homeowner's/plumber's problem in their book!

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Thanks guys for your kind help and advice!


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gtx youcan watch a vidio by the ultimatehandyman on utube for connecting a new supply


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