Pipes Nightmare in the Kitchen
I really hope you guys can help me, at least to make peace with this dilemma:
We just bought a 1930 colonial (first home), and in the kitchen there is an arch that separates it in two. The arch is cute and all, but just too low (I mean it's fine for me, I'm 5'2" but not for hubby, he's 6'2"), at about 6'1".
I've had two plumbers look at it, the first said it's a lot of work and it will cost more than $2,000, and I'm not too sure what he would do (he even said something about running the waste into the vent pipe on the side, and that scared me a little)
The second plumber said he can raise it 8 inches for $1,500.
If you look at the picture you see the waste line coming down from the bathroom, going around the arch and down to the basement. There is also another pipe up there, running diagonally which I'm not sure what it is, but from what I've understood it's also making things more difficult to move.
On the other leg of the arch is the vent pipe for a sink coming up from the basement and then the kitchen sink vent pipe attaching on this floor and both going up to the roof.
From a professional point of view, what can we really do? Can we really raise it without causing any problems? Is the job really worth $2,000?
Any input is sooo appreciated!