Replumbing Frequently Asked Questions And Answers

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Replumbing your home is a big project that can add value but also cost a lot of money. Before you get started with a replumbing, read these tips to be sure you know what to expect during the process. 

How long does it take?

Replumbing your house can take 1-5 days, depending on the type of plumbing you're having installed, how big your house is and whether or not you're having the entire plumbing system replaced. 

Will I be able to use my bathroom?

You'll have to talk to your plumber about the timeline, but you can expect you will be unable to use your bathroom or kitchen for long stretches of time during the project. 

How much does it cost?

Repiping your house can cost between $4,000 and $10,000 on average.

How will the pipes in the walls be removed?

Some pipes can be accessed from the crawl space, the basement, the attic and from access panels in the walls. However, some pipes may be encased in the walls of your home, and opening up the wall is the only way to remove these pipes. This can involve breaking and removing tile or breaking through the home's original plaster. 

Are there less invasive alternatives?

Replumbing is--or at least, can be--very invasive. That's why the best times to replumb are before you move into your home or in conjunction with a renovation. However, there are alternatives to a full replumbing. It's possible to replumb only the parts of your home that are easy to access. This does leave parts of your home vulnerable to potential leaks, but costs significantly less money (around half) and doesn't involve destruction of any tiles and other irreplaceable wall materials. 

In addition, some kinds of piping can be easier to install than others, resulting in less mess and demolition. For example, PEX piping is a plastic, flexible pipe which is much easier to install in non-invasive ways when compared to rigid piping like copper. 

How can you know if you need to repipe your home?

Some very old homes (early 1900's and before) are plumbed with lead pipes, which present a health hazard, and should be repiped to ensure the safety of the people in the home. Other mid-century homes have galvanized pipes, which are often rusty and corroded. You'll know it's time to repipe your home if you're regularly spending money on plumbers and if you've had several major leaks in the last few years. 

For more information, contact Action Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. or a similar company.

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