If you are experiencing low water pressure in your house, or brown water coming out of your pipes, then it might be time to replace the plumbing in your home. These problems are likely due to corrosion in your current pipes. This could lead to much larger and costly problems such as large leaks and water damage, both to your home and your home’s foundation.
Re-piping a house means replacing the current, faulty pipes in your home with new pipes. Most likely, this will involve minimal cuts in your walls. A small trench will also have to be dug out to your water meter.
All damage to your yard and inside your home will be repaired by the plumbing contractor before they finish up the job.
The Cost of Re-Piping
Re-piping your home is a costly job. You will want to plan ahead for a full house re-pipe as soon as you see signs of faulty pipes.
It is not something you will want to schedule on a whim. Leaving your pipes in a state of disrepair will likely cause significantly more damage, catch you off guard, and be much more expensive to repair down the road.
Determining the exact costs of a full house re-piping requires a few considerations. The price of a re-piping will vary dramatically depending on the size of the home, the materials the home is made of, and how many bathrooms, kitchens, and faucets the home has.
Another big factor in determining the cost is how many stories the house has. So a two-story home will cost more to re-pipe than a single-story home.
The largest factor in determining the cost of re-piping your home will most likely be the type of material you choose for your new pipes. Typically, your plumber will present you with two options, copper or Cross-Linked Polyethylene (more commonly called PEX).
Copper pipes are the more expensive option, as copper is a globally traded commodity. Usually costing between two and three times as much as PEX pipes. Another factor in copper being more expensive is that using copper pipes requires more labor since copper is not as easy to work with as PEX is.
The advantages of using copper pipes is that they can last for decades. They also have a lifespan of around 50 years before needing to be replaced..
PEX pipes are a less expensive option than copper pipes for a few reasons. It is a cheaper material, costing around half of what cooper would cost. The installation of PEX pipes will also be much cheaper because PEX is a lot easier to work with, easier to resize, and can be pulled and bent where needed. Copper pipes, on the other hand, have to be much more precise. This, in turn, speeds up the whole installation process, costing you less money in labor.
What’s Best for Your Home?
If it’s time for you to re-pipe your home, then you should start with a comprehensive inspection. That will determine if your home is a candidate, and then you can move forward to explore your options.
Contact the re-piping specialists at Forrest Anderson to learn more about taking this important step in the health of your home. We’ll walk you through the process and get you back up and running good as new.