Ask Samuele: July 2021

This month, Claudia from Streatham asks…

Dear Samuele,

I’ve been told that my floorboards need to be removed in order for the plumber to gain access to the water pipes.

This sounds like a right nightmare. Is there any way around it?

Yours sincerely,



Samuele says:

Ciao, Claudia! And grazie mille for your question.

Because they are already located beneath your floorboards, unfortunately, the only real option is to remove them along with your carpet or floor tiles.

Don’t be too pessimistic though. Any experienced plumber shouldn’t have much trouble completing such a task. It’s part of our day-to-day.

Moving forward, you can opt to have your heating and domestic hot and cold water pipes reinstalled above ground level. This will make it very easy to gain access in the future, but ideally, you’ll have them professionally boxed in to ensure they don’t look ugly or untidy.

If it’s a drainpipe, gravity may have already dictated its initial installation beneath ground, so you might not be able to relocate it.

Hope this helps.

Ciao for now,


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