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  1. Tuco2834

    Tuco2834 New Member

    Firstly, Im not a plumber but like to tackle anything in my own house.

    I want to plumb in a USA type fridge to the cold water supply in the kitchen. The floor is tiled and i dont want to lift them. The best route is outside through the kitchen wall under the sink.. under the decking fir 10ft...then back into the house where the fridge is. The pipes would be almost entirely hidden under the decking.

    I was going to use 15mm plastic pipe with insulation, instead of copper and compression fittings instead of plastic. Any issues with this? Any advice welcome! Cheers!
     
  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Yes will freeze and cause issues
     
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  3. MaksimsK

    MaksimsK GSR

    Frost Protection Trace Heating Kit ?
     
  4. Stigster

    Stigster Plumber

    Even with the correct thickness of lagging? Sorry for my ignorance but it's rare to get sub-zero temperatures where I come from so people tend to go a bit lighter on the lagging compared to the UK.
     
  5. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Yes this last week has been mad 11/2 waste pipes freezing
     
  6. Stigster

    Stigster Plumber

    Understood.

    There are burst pipes galore over here after 3 days of sub-zero temperatures. It actually made todays newspaper because it is really quite unusual for us. When I was working out on site instead of a workshop I only did 2 0r 3 frozen pipe bursts in 5 years.

    MaksimsK's suggestion of a heat trace might be the way to go if there are no internal routes then?
     
  7. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    My opinion it would be the very last option/ only way
     
  8. Murdoch

    Murdoch Member

    Or do what we did and buy a fridge you can fill up yourself .
     
  9. Tuco2834

    Tuco2834 New Member

    Good advice, thanks guys! Never heard of the frost protection trace heating kit before. Thats the way to go, as there's no way of running a pipe inside the house without lifting tiles....and its my sons house and he bought a non-fillable fridge.
     
  10. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR

    Trace Heating is designed for other things.
    I personally would not use it on a drinking water supply.


    If the pipe has to run outside the property, it should be done using the correct materials and be buried at the right depth.
     
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