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How difficult is it to move a drain?

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sammysam Mon 01-Jun-09 14:36:54

We are looking into putting a conservatory on the back of our house (dp is planning on doing it all himself) but it will be off the kitchen and there (I don't know the technical name!) is a small drain that the washing machine/dishwasher and sink empty into in the way. How hard is it to move this about a foot to the left? And how do you go about doing it?

TIA smile

TheYearOfTheCat Mon 01-Jun-09 14:50:02

Is it a drain or an outlet pipe? I mean, is it an opening in the ground, or is it a pipe that leads from the back of the appliances to a drain outside? IYKWIM?

Neither should be particularly difficult. I am no expert, but have recently spent quite a lot of time watching my builder doing this sort of thing. It never seems a problem for my builder to do.

sammysam Mon 01-Jun-09 14:52:22

Its an opening in the ground that the pipes also lead into.....

I'm really hoping it is an easy job grin

missingtheaction Mon 01-Jun-09 15:06:26

Easy if you know how, not if you don't. Potentially very messy indeed if you get it wrong. Is dp an experienced diy-er? will you need to move the kitchen pipes as well as the drain they go into? and if only a foot to the left will the new conservatory wall be sitting on the new pipework?

wombleprincess Mon 01-Jun-09 18:40:09

if it emptys into the sewer i think you need to permission from the water company.

TheYearOfTheCat Tue 02-Jun-09 08:37:17

You will probably need to get sign off from building control as well.

sammysam Wed 03-Jun-09 08:20:09

Wow-I am surprised that you need permission from the water company for such a small move! I'll ask friend about building control-tis her job but in the neighbouring area....

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