Leaking or burst pipes are one of the most common problems that emergency plumbers are called for. The things that might cause leaking or a burst within the pipes are varied, which is why it’s quite difficult to tell how much the total cost will end up being for your particular problem.
To give you an idea of how to prepare in case you have a leaking pipe or, worse, a bursting one, we have put together a few average prices for such repairs, together with some tips for preventing or minimizing damage.
Burst Pipe Repairs
This scenario is really bad news for a homeowner or company since water damage can extend very quickly, adding huge costs to the repairs if expensive items are affected. Because a pipe bursting is an urgent situation, the cost of calling a plumber will be significantly higher if this happens during the night, weekend, or on a holiday.
For a burst pipe, the repair costs vary between €100 and €200 per foot, while water damage can add up to €2000 in repairs.
Leaking Pipe Repairs
The price for a leaking pipe depends a lot on where the pipe is situated, if it inflicts a lot of damage to the walls, floors, or other items and if it’s easily accessible.
Leaking pipes in the ceiling are more expensive to fix, costing between €700 and €2,500 just to repair. Then, you need to consider the renovation costs for the broken ceiling, infiltrations in other walls, and other damages that the leakage might have caused.
Pipes that are visible or easily accessible through panels in the wall are cheaper to fix, as the plumber doesn’t have to put much labor into getting to it.
If you’re lucky, a leaking pipe is just caused by a weakened joint, which can be easily solved with some plumber’s tape. If a segment of the pipe needs to be replaced, the price also depends on the type of pipe, as copper, for example, will be more expensive than PVC.
Preventing Burst and Leaking Pipes
To avoid this kind of repairs, it’s important to maintain your plumbing properly and be able to detect possible issues in time. Insulate piping that is exposed to freezing temperatures, replace old pipes that show signs of corrosion, and keep your water heater healthy, as pressure from it can damage the pipes.
Do You Need Professional Help?
Your plumbing is one of the most important systems in your home and fixing any issues can get costly really fast, especially if you are trying to do it by yourself and make a lot of mistakes.
If you have a burst pipe or leaking pipe problem, call a plumber immediately. The experts at Anytime Plumbing Inc. are equipped to deal with such urgent issues any time of the day or the week, and we keep our prices affordable to most homeowners.