How Much Does it Cost to Repipe a Whole House?

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 Why repipe a house?

Sometimes, a house has so many plumbing issues, especially an older home, that the best solution is to repipe the entire house.  What does repipe mean? In the plumbing industry, repiping is when thepipes in your home are completely replaced after the current pipes are removed.

A standard repipe project includes installing all-new cold and hot domestic water piping from the source to all the faucets and fixtures in the home. Drainage and sewer lines are not included in the basic repipe job. What is typically included in a home repiping job is:

  • New connections at the hoses.
  • New valves at each sink and toilet.
  • New water supply lines.
  • New main shut off to the house and the water heater.
  • New box and valves in laundry box.
  • New ice maker box.

One of the biggest factors that determine if a house needs to a repipe job is the age. A house that was built in 1970 or earlier likely has galvanized plumbing  pipes or other out-of-date metal.  Around 1970, copper for the plumbing because of the durability.

 Or they used PVC because of its durability and resistance to corrosion. In recent years, PEX has become the go-to pipe in plumbing, because it is even more durable than PVC and remains flexible regardless of the temperature. For a home built prior to 1970, and certainly prior to World War II, the plumbing is almost certain in need of a repipe project.

When should you repipe a house?

Some of common reasons a homeowner decides to repipe their home would include:

  • An older home.  A house that is older than 50 years and has the original plumbing probably has galvanized pipes. By now, they are corroded and prone to bursting under the least amount of pressure or stress.
  • Low water pressure. If the water pressure in your faucets is weak, the pipes are probably closing up from mineral build up and rust over time.  
  • Brown or red water. Some household pipes will rust over time, and eventually, the water will turn brown or red. The only solution is to repipe the house because by that point, the entire plumbing system now has rusted water running through it.
  • Multiple water leaks. Having an isolated water pipe leaks isn’t anything of concern other than fixing it, but when you have multiple leaks in a short period of time, repipe the plumbing system is the best solution. It is an investment that will have ROI because you won’t be paying a plumber one or two times a month to fix leaking pipes.

How much does it cost to repipe a hole house?

You’ll want to call two or three plumbing contractors for estimate to repipe your home. This will give you an exact amount and the opportunity to compare pricing and services.  The cost to repipe a home has a few factors to be considered:

  • Material used
  • Size of the home
  • One story or multiple stories
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Additional water fixtures

A complete house repipe job can start around $4,000 and go up to $15,000 with PEX material for the repipe work. PEX is more expensive than other options, but it doesn’t require as much demolition to install. That helps reduce the cost overall when compared to copper or PVC.

How much does repipe cost?

Cost to repipe with pex material (cross-linked polyethylene tubing) can cost between fifty cents per foot to $2 per foot. PEX is a flexible plastic hose that plumbers can “snake” into and through walls with little to no need to tear out walls. PEX is better for cold weather because it doesn’t freeze like copper or PVC pipes, so there is no worry about busted pipes as they thaw in the winter.

Where you live will have an impact on what a plumber will charge for any type of work like the cost to repipe kitchen sink. The next factor that can impact the cost is the difficulty of the work to be done. On average, a plumber charges between $45 and $150 per hour plus the parts. So to repipe a kitchen sink, you could be looking at $125 to $300, depending on if a new sink is involved and any special plumbing needs like hot water faucet or garbage disposal.

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Are polybutylene pipes bad?

PB pipes (polybuthlene) are typically used inside walls. If they begin leaking, it isn’t always noticed right away. By the time it is noticed, serious damage has already happened. This can lead to mildew, mold, and more issues that costs to get repaired.

Should you decide your home needs to have a repipe job done, get 2 to 3 quotes from experienced, licensed, qualified plumbers that know how to repipe a house. You want a Master Plumber, not an apprentice in charge of the job to assure it is done correctly. Ask for current references and then contact those references. The best advertisement any business or contractor can have is word of mouth. Call 817-281-5325 today for your whole house repiping in Fort Worth, TX.