Pipe Replacement Cost and Options for the Average Home

For many homeowners, pipe replacement is a very scary option because it is viewed as something that is time consuming and extremely costly. But, there will come a time when this has to be done and when this time comes, the likelihood is that there will be other plumbing problems that will get in the way.

Exposed Pipes

Before deciding on what to replace, you have to make a close inspection of your home plumbing pipes; or you can leave this to the plumbing professionals. Visual inspection can be easy to do if all your pipes are exposed, otherwise, it can be challenging without the proper equipment. The cost would depend largely on the size of your home and the number of pipes that have to be replaced. For example, you can expect to shell out anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000 for a 1,500 square foot home, depending on the complexity of work to be done.

This does not mean that you cannot mitigate the hassle and the costs that will come with replacing plumbing pipes. One of the best ways to mitigate the cost of pipe replacement is to begin with the exposed pipes. Why? Because this means that you do not have to deal with breaking down walls or tearing off floors just to check what pipes need replacement.

Replacement of exposed pipes is likewise relatively simple and easy to do because of easy access. If you have a home where majority of your plumbing pipes are exposed, you can expect to spend about $1,000 to $6,000 for the same area.

Plumbing and Renovation

Another wise way to lower the cost of pipe replacement is to bundle it with other work that can be done in your home. For example, you have plans of renovating or remodeling your home, then make sure that you include the plumbing pipe replacement with it. When you do this, any pipes that will be in the path of the renovation can be replaced immediately.

Why does it lower the cost? Aside from the fact that you do not have to worry about separate costs for the breaking down and repair of the walls and floors, the pipes will already be exposed during the renovation. Concerned that it may jack up the price of the overall work? Not to worry, on the average you will only be spending around $250 to $1,000 more. This would be a bargain considering that you will get more work done and there will be less hassle to deal with.  You also no longer have to worry about potential plumbing problems coming your way.

PEX Pipes

How can choosing PEX pipes lower the cost of pipe replacement? The use of PEX piping will limit the need for breaking down walls. This cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe comes in the form of a flexible plastic hose, which means that it can be inched behind walls without much difficulty. This is something that you cannot do with rigid copper pipes.

You also have nothing to worry about since PEX meets the requirements of building codes almost anywhere. Better news for homeowners is that his piping material comes with a 25-year warranty at the fraction of the cost of copper pipes. Imagine this, a 100 feet copper pipe costs roughly around $285, while it only costs $30 for PEX of the same length.

Can this lower the cost of labor? Yes it can because of the ease of installation. This lessens the number of days work has to be carried out and translates to lower labor costs that you have to pay out to the plumbing professional.

To make sure that the pipe replacement is done right and at minimal cost, transact only with licensed professional plumbers that have a proven track record with pipe replacement or re-piping. Call Scott English Plumbing.