Having your whole plumbing system replaced can be a very costly project, so it’s understandable if you want to ensure that it’s the right decision. But, having an old system that reached the end of its life expectancy can lead to more problems in the long run that will not only require replacing it anyway but can also create additional damage.
As with most renovation projects, the cost of such a big plumbing job depends a lot on different factors, such as your location, the size of the house, the material that the pipes are made of, and what you want to replace them with, just to name a few.
Let’s have a look at the average cost of replacing old pipes.
Average Prices for Replacing Old Pipes
The average cost for replacing the entire pipe system in an old house is about $8,500. This sum depends also on the condition of the house, the location you are in, and what other problems might arise when repiping the house.
Keep in mind that the cost of repiping only refers to the actual plumbing job. To that, you will have to add the costs of renovating and cleaning after the job is done, as you will be left with a lot of open floors and walls afterward.
The good news is that you don’t have to do it all at once, necessarily. You can replace your old pipes in sections so that you don’t drill a big hole in your budget all at once.
The factors that will influence the total cost of repiping your old house include:
- The size of the house, as a bigger one will obviously require more materials and working hours to complete.
- Whether it’s a one-level house or a multistory one.
- Where the bathrooms and kitchen are.
- How many fixtures you have (sinks, bathtubs, toilets, appliances that use water, etc.)
- How easy it is to access the pipes: some of them will be harder to access, which requires more effort to repipe.
- What kind of new pipes you will use. Copper will be much more expensive than PVC, for example.
Do You Need a Total Repiping?
If you know that such a big job is due, start researching plumbers near you and negotiating a good price for your new piping. Have experts come and assess the situation to give you an idea of what to expect, and check your financing solutions (insurance might cover this).
If you are in the Santa Cruz, CA area, contact Anytime Plumbing Inc. We have done plenty of old house repiping in our years of experience and can give you an honest and accurate estimate of the cost, which we will try to reduce as much as we can without compromising the quality of the final result.