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Hi,

Looking for some assistance please.

We're having some renovation work done on our house (1970s ex-council). I have just been contacted by out contractor to say they are concerned that the water pipes are plastic rather than copper and that they run through the ceilings (i.e. above kitchen, bedrooms etc). They have advised me this is "not standard and inline with building regulations".

The ceilings are down right now and the pipes are accessible so they are suggesting they are redirected to avoid issues in future..

Does this sound like a reasonable concern?
 
Plastic as in what type rigid or like normal plastic pushfit etc

You can run them in floors and ceilings no issue
 
Plastic as in what type rigid or like normal plastic pushfit etc

You can run them in floors and ceilings no issue
They sent me an image if you would be so kind as to take a look.
 

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All new build are pushfit so hmmm

I agree my personal opinion of pushfit isn’t the best but there’s 1000s of joints under the floor

If any of them look wrong best to change but they all look like speedfit except for the toilet one I’m guessing
 
There like there is nothing wrong with that pipe work other than it looking like it was done DIY.

You pays your money, and you takes your choice. Either you leave it and think it will be fine or you pay to have it re-done and get some peace of mind and warranty for the works completed
 
Speedfit on copper looks naff, but isn't against the manufacturer's instructions. And this is a branded product.

Failures aren't unknown, but neither are failures on copper tube. Ideally redo the lot in low-carbon steel. Joking aside, it's a bit riskier than copper, but nowt wrong with it. Though if that were mine, I would want to see what is going on with the fitting half inside the wood in the second picture and be reassured that the wood couldn't push a release collet somehow.

If I say you have the plumbing equivalent of a Ford Mondeo, not a Jaguar S type, I hope you get my point. And, as others have said, many new-builds are purely pushfit.
 
Nope. Because we just spent a fortune to have it all removed. Which is why the ceilings were torn down in the first place. Why do you ask?
Since it often contains asbestos, if you had a leak, it would be more serious than if there weren't Artex. Since you have spent a lot having it removed (most people just plaster over it, though I think your approach is the right one), you seem like a cautious person and, as such, I think having the pipework improved is consistent with your approach.
 
Since it often contains asbestos, if you had a leak, it would be more serious than if there weren't Artex. Since you have spent a lot having it removed (most people just plaster over it, though I think your approach is the right one), you seem like a cautious person and, as such, I think having the pipework improved is consistent with your approach.
Appreciate you saying that, thank you. It was definitely the right approach for us but it hasn't been easy.
 
Appreciate you saying that, thank you. It was definitely the right approach for us but it hasn't been easy.
Need to have some removed myself (walls too) in the kitchen. Was it cheaper to have the plasterboard removed as well as the Artex, and how do they avoid the dust going up and through the upstairs floorboards?

Not having seen it done myself yet, I'm interested in what they actually do when you get them to remove large areas of Artex. If you had any information you felt like sharing, I'd be glad of it.
 

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