Forum Title: How bad is this plumbing?
Hi I've just had a lot of radiators in my house replaced (and some moved) and a new loo put in the downstairs cloakroom. I'd be grateful for your thoughts on the work in the photos. I have raised some concerns, which the plumber dismissed, and I'm not sure whether to take it further or if so, how. I am not a pushover, but I don't know much about plumbing. 1. Corner bend photo - here the radiator pipes on the left of the photo need to connect to the pipes going through the wall. The radiator in the photo is being removed. The plumber has fitted pipes that go a foot to the right and then bend back on themselves before connecting to the wall. I don't understand why he didn't just join the pipes together at the wall. Soldering them might have damaged the plaster a bit, but the room is being replastered and repainted anyway. 2. Loo connection - here the plumber has fitted a flexible pipe to connect the loo cistern to the water pipe. But it's too long, so he has bent the flexible pipe into a loop. That doesn't look great. The water pipe connection is also lower than where it goes into the cistern, so water is flowing uphill a bit as well as round the loop. The cistern takes five minutes to fill. The upstairs loo only takes three minutes to fill. The plumber says it's slow because of the water pressure. 3. Radiator pipes - we had a couple of radiators moved in the lounge. The new radiators are 5-8 feet from the old ones. The plumber has used the original connections to the old radiators, and threaded flexible pipes under the floorboards for the 5-8 feet, with quite a few connections in the pipes to wiggle around the joists. I was expecting him to fit new connections much nearer the new radiator positions. The radiators seem to work OK, but is what he did acceptable? 4. Corner rad - this is a relatively minor one. The plumber has fixed the copper pipe away from the edge of the radiator, because there are joists in the corner of the room. Again it looks a bit odd. Should he have drilled through the top of the joists to fix the pipe in the corner of the radiator, or would that have been worse? There are a few other minor faults like a couple of radiators and a washbasin not totally horizontal. The rest of the radiators look OK. I found the plumber on Checkatrade and he had great feedback. He had to work quite hard to flush out the radiator pipes before fitting the new radiators and I think maybe he got fed up with the job and cut corners. How bad is all this plumbing on a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being terrible)? What do you think I should do? I'd be grateful for any advice. Sorry this is such a long post Confused customer
Post By: BYRON DANIEL (Cypress, CA), 05/15/2016
I really, REALLY dislike this plumbers work. All push fit connections? Come on man. No reason why they shouldn't be soldered connections. I've saw those blow apart in heating applications. If he didn't want to solder, he should of used heat pex. Speaking of which, that white pex looks like potable water pex, not heating. You would have to read the label on the pipe to see for sure though.
Chop it with an ax I think it's still growing.
I do not think th plastic pos fittings are rated for hot boiler water aplication. they ill melt and burst 1-10 1 being the worst -6 you have been screwed, get your money back