Is it safe to cover this closet back up with sheet rock?
We bought a 1962 home. The closet had a partition wall and wanted to remove it for extra space. The bottom of that wall was crumbling so we took it out and noticed it was damage by a previous leak as well as the back wall of the closet. Currently there are no leaks.
We know the line along the floor is gas and electric that leads to the utility closet in the hall. The utility closet houses the furnace and water heater.
The tall pipe, I'm guessing is cast iron.
My question is is it safe to cover with sheet rock?
A trusted plumber recommend we update the plumbing in the guest bath (other side of the wall) so it's now with in the wall for 2 sinks. Is it a requirement? We are ripping out the sheet rock and vanity on the opposite side of the wall as well.
The expenses for new plumbing is too high. Please share ideas of what what options we have.