When you repipe a house, you aren't just fixing those annoying plumbing problems. You're also adding value to your home. When it comes time to sell your home, buyers will pay more for updated pipes.
Repiping can increase the value of your home.
Replacing those pipes also mitigates the chances of a plumbing leak disaster, which could definitely decrease the value of your house. Older pipes may break which causes a leak, and in turn, water damage that may not be noticed right away.
The average cost to replumb a house will vary between $5,000 to $7,000. However, the total cost of repiping a house may be as high as $15,000 depending on a variety of factors. These variables include pipe location, number of bathrooms, quantity of fixtures, and how many stories a home includes.
A complete repipe can take anywhere from a few days up to a week. Smaller homes can be repiped in as little as two days, while large homes with multiple bathrooms can take much longer. However, it's important to note that you won't necessarily be unable to use your plumbing during that entire time.
If the primary issue is localized to just one area of the house, then it may simply be a singular pipe or joint segment that needs to be replaced. However, if leaking pipes are a problem all over and there are issues such as corrosion or water discoloration, then repiping your entire house is likely necessary.
Clear Everything out of the Way Where Pipes Are Likely to Be
For example, remove everything from under your bathroom sink, make sure there is nothing on the bathroom floor, and take everything out of your bath/shower including the shower curtain, if applicable.
You might need whole-home repiping if:
Your pipes are outdated. You have frequent pipe leaks. You can see corrosion on your pipes. You have rust-colored water.
Copper. Copper is the standard and the most prevalent piping material for home plumbing applications. Its strength, durability, flexibility, resistance to corrosion, and ability to tolerate heat makes it a perfect choice to replace iron and steel pipes.
What is Repiping A House? When you repipe a house built on a slab, you replace at least the supply pipes in the slab. Water supply pipes – as the name suggests – deliver potable (drinkable) water to your home's faucets. Over time, pipes can become rusty, or degrade, wear out and require replacement.
PEX doesn't degrade like copper, higher PSI rating freezing pipes will still burst, but PEX will be able to handle more freezing water than copper. PEX Tubing is much more resistant to freeze-breakage than copper or rigid plastic pipe. PEX Tubing is cheaper because it takes much less labor to install.
But how often should plumbing pipes and fixtures be replaced? Plumbing supply pipes such as galvanized, copper, CPVC, or pex can last 40 to 70 years. Plumbing drain pipes such as cast iron, ABS, and PVC can last 50 to 80 years. Plumbing fixtures such as bathtubs, sink, and faucets can last 10 to 30 years or more.
Benefits of Copper Pipes
While you can expect PEX to last for 30 to 50 years, copper piping will outdo it by about two decades, with a typical lifespan of 50 to 70 years. Copper is a more durable option that isn't susceptible to rodents or sunlight. These pipes can easily handle water pressure of up to 1,000 psi.
When a connection to copper or other metal pipes is required, PEX works better than PVC because crosslinked polyethylene won't corrode. - Price. When you compare the material costs of PEX vs PVC, PEX comes out more expensive. (However, balance this factor against the lower labor cost to install PEX.)
If you notice a drop in water pressure, rusty or cloudy water, or are springing water leaks in pipes in different areas of the home, these are all potential signs you are due for a repiping/replumbing.
Copper is the most expensive piping material available, prices ranging from $5,000 up to $20,000 to repipe a house. While copper piping is durable, the material is rigid – driving up the cost. Installation requires wall demolition in addition to almost twice the amount of time compared to installing PEX piping.
The cost to repipe a house with PEX tubing is $0.40 to $0.50 per linear foot depending on the size of the house and the extent of replumbing you're doing. Repiping a 2,000 square foot home with PEX costs between $2,000 and $4,000. PEX is plastic tubing or hose with many beneficial characteristics.
There is no known health reason to remove copper pipes in good condition from your home. You should replace any copper pipe that is showing signs of damage or deterioration, regardless of its age. If your water is chronically acidic, copper piping might not be the best choice for your home.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride): Traditionally, PVC piping only lasts between 25-40 years. However, with recent technological advancements, PVC pipes may be able to last 70 years or more.
Brass, cast iron, and galvanized steel have a life span of 80 to 100 years, copper lasts 70 to 80 years, and PVC piping only survives for 24 to 45 years. In most new construction, this is seldom a problem, but if you live in an old home you might want to see what pipe material your house has.
Research suggests that polybutylene pipes are too fragile to withstand common disinfectants found in the public water supply and will quickly become brittle and crack from the inside out. Over time, once enough mini-fractures have formed in the pipe, it will wear out completely and rupture, causing a water leak.
This is because the copper pipes generally last 50 years or more. It is resistant to corrosion. It has anti-bacterial properties, and it is an economically and environmentally sound choice for potable water supply lines.
The difference is that some plumbing companies might only replace the visible piping to reduce costs. However, it is often best to replace the entire plumbing system all at once, as old pipes might be more prone to leaks and other issues that could raise your costs in the long term.
You will find your sewer lines 12 to 24 inches below the concrete slab in a slab house. All homes require a foundation to help support the weight of the house.
While homeowners may fret over running plumbing lines through the ceiling, it is a common practice used to minimize damage during the re-plumb and to keep labor costs lower.