While you may not see them on a direct and daily basis, the pipes that live beneath your home's floors and walls are absolutely essential to the health and wellbeing of your property. From showering to drinking water and everything in-between, the pipes that move water from your local supply to the fixtures in your home are an invaluable aspect of your home. But as with all parts of your home, pipes can age and break down with time. If you're concerned about the quality or age of your home's pipes, consider the following before contacting a professional plumbing service:
Should You Repipe or Hang Tight?
Repiping is among the most extensive yet beneficial upgrade you can perform on your home. The process involves removing existing copper pipes that have begun leaking, corroding, or otherwise breaking down.
A professional plumbing company can come in and remove existing pipes and infrastructure before replacing them with modern PEX pipes. More flexible, durable, and suited to cold weather, PEX pipes are the new standard in commercial and residential plumbing. While the upfront cost may turn some homeowners away, those who invest in newer piping materials and technologies will be better prepared to offset the effects of plumbing disasters and future breakdowns.
What's the Average Cost of Repiping?
While establishing a budget for any home improvement project should be a primary step in your decision-making process, the cost of repiping an entire property is a major financial decision. Depending on the size of the home, you can expect cost of materials and labor to range anywhere between $1,500-$15,000.
The following factors have a dramatic impact on the cost of a repiping project:
- Size of the property
- Number of levels/floors
- Access to crawl spaces
- Type of pipe material to be used
- Cost of labor
- Expertise of plumbing contractors
What You Can Expect from the Repiping Process
No matter which material you choose for your repiping project, you'll need the following to ensure the entire process goes smoothly:
- Begin with an overall assessment of your plumbing system. A professional plumber will be able to determine the condition of your existing pipes and make recommendations based on the age and usage of your system before you make a determination either way.
- A professional plumbing bid from multiple contractors will help you determine cost.
- Depending on the size of your property and the capability of the contractor, repiping can take anywhere from 1-5 business days.
- If you plan to replace your existing pipes with new copper pipes, understand that this material takes a bit more labor and effort to install than PEX or PVC pipes.
For all your repiping needs, contact Pioneer Plumbing & Heating!
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