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The dreaded pitch fibre -- can't get a quote

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  • LE_Bore
    LE_Bore Posts: 84 Forumite
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    stuart45 said:
    The cost of replacing with plastic varies a lot depending on the depth and whether any re-routing is required. 
    However, no specialist equipment is needed, so a builder can do the work.
    Drainage is very labour intensive. Materials are relatively cheap.
    Thank you. The run is 25 metres by the time it exits the property, maybe this is why it is expensive. 
  • LE_Bore
    LE_Bore Posts: 84 Forumite
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    I had approximately 8m pitch fibre replaced in 2019. Cost around £1500 including all the equipment and digger.

    They did managed to break the mains water though that was another easy fix with the blue plastic piping and a push fit underground connection
    This is abut three times that length so maybe the price is somewhere close to correct. 
  • ThisIsWeird
    ThisIsWeird Posts: 4,818 Forumite
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    LeBore, it doesn't surprise me that PF pipes might be excluded from these policies, but still worth a check.
    £9k is nuts - that doesn't make much sense.
    Personally, I think I'd be inclined to try a discount from the sellers, based on either the quote you've had (but don't expect £9k off!), or even any quote they can obtain themselves, try and arrive a compromise figure (bearing in mind the pipe hasn't actually collapsed, and could last decades...), and put any such sum away to wards any future repairs.
    Or a repair policy - if it'll cover PFs.

    We used 24/7 Drain Solutions, Tawstock, Barnstaple EX31 3JY for our CCTV drain inspection, and they were very reasonable. Can't say any more than that, but perhaps worth a second quote?
  • Section62
    Section62 Posts: 7,754 Forumite
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    GDB2222 said:
    LE_Bore said:

    Section62, wouldn't replacement rather than lining be prohibitively expensive? I am old and not planning to live forever -- not with drains like these! Then again I don't want to face the same problem in my dotage. But you are right, it must be a superior method. Are you saying I'd have more of a choice of contractors because any builder could lay a drain while hardly anyone can pipe line? If so, that figures. 


    If the drain runs through the back garden that’s possibly quite helpful, as it is easier to dig and make good a trench across the lawn than a driveway. So the long distance may not be such an issue.

    ^This

    If the bulk of the digging is across lawn or flowerbed rather than concrete drive then the cost will be lower.  Likewise if there is access to get a minidigger into the back garden.

    Even if minidigger access isn't possible, the bulk of the work (digging) can be done by a labourer with a spade.  The problem comes where the pipe goes deep, or under buildings.  Then the economics quickly move toward no-dig techniques.

    Done properly the lining process also takes a fair amount of work.  To start with the pipe needs to be clean and free of major defects.  I'm not surprised the companies want to do their own CCTV survey as if they encounter an unexpected problem working off someone else's survey then the liability could be complicated.

    There are so many variables it is really difficult to guess the cost and which method will work out cheaper.

    On the other hand, if there is no current problem with the drain then it may give a good many years of trouble-free service without needing to be replaced.
  • FreeBear
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    stuart45 said:
    The cost of replacing with plastic varies a lot depending on the depth and whether any re-routing is required. 
    However, no specialist equipment is needed, so a builder can do the work.
    Drainage is very labour intensive. Materials are relatively cheap.
    A company that specialises in groundworks would be able to do the work. It isn't particularly technical, and with a minidigger, can be done fairly quickly.

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