Replacing Plumbing Pipes: Costs and Options. Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properites in Clifton Park NY.Josh Gonzalez (Coldwell Banker Prime Properties)
Replacing Plumbing Pipes: Costs and Options. Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properites in Clifton Park NY.
Replacing plumbing can be a costly, time-consuming venture. These alternatives make it doable and affordable.
It's relatively easy for your plumber to replace pipes that are already exposed in your basement or crawlspace. Image: Kim Steele/Photodisc/Getty
You'll need to closely inspect your plumbing or rely on a
licensed plumber to advise you whether it's time for replacing
plumbing. Replacing plumbing in a 1,500 sq. ft. home is an
expensive proposition that can cost $2,000 to $15,000, depending on
Replace what's exposed
For a home with plaster walls, wood paneling, or other features
that make it difficult to gain access to in-wall pipes, consider at
least replacing plumbing pipes that aren't buried in the walls.
For a 1,500 sq. ft., two-bathroom home, you'll pay between $1,000 and $6,000 to replace just the exposed plumbing.
Replace plumbing when you renovate
When you remodel a portion of your house, take the opportunity to inspect-and if need be, replace-plumbing lines that you expose when you open up the walls and floors. This includes replacing plumbing in the kitchen or bathroom that you're remaking, and any pipes passing through the walls to feed upstairs bathrooms.
Because the pipes are exposed during the project and because your plumber is coming on site anyway, the added cost of replacing plumbing may be only $250 to $1,000-a bargain, considering you've eliminated a hard-to-get-at problem area when you have the chance.
PEX limits demolition
If you're thinking of replacing plumbing that's inside your
walls, your plumber may be able to limit wall demolition by using
cross-linked polyethylene tubing, also known as PEX-a flexible
And since PEX has only been widely used in the U.S. for about a decade, it doesn't have enough of a track record to indicate how long it will last-in other words, how long it'll be before replacing plumbing in your home is an issue again. By: Joe Bousquin