If you’ve ever looked online to answer this question, you’ve seen a variety of answers and ranges in cost. The cost to repipe a house can range anywhere from $1,500 to $15,000+ which can be a confusing answer to homeowners. To better understand why such a huge disparity in costs we’ve listed the factors that can create such a wide variance so you can better understand if you are in the market to get your home repiped.
The first factor considered when determining the cost of repiping your home is the number of fixtures in your home. This includes toilets, sinks, bathtubs, dishwashers, water heaters, washing machines, and showers. The more fixtures you have the more expensive the job will be.
The next factor to consider is how easy each fixture is to access. If you have fixtures in hard-to-reach places like crawl spaces or closets, this can increase the cost. These fixtures cost more because they will take longer to repipe which increases the cost of labor.
A third factor that will affect the cost is the type of pipe that will replace the old pipes. Three common types are cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), and copper pipes. Each one is slightly different in cost and characteristics. PEX pipes are made of plastic and are the least expensive. They are durable and easy to install. CPVC pipes are also made of plastic but they are not as durable or flexible as PEX pipes. They withstand high water temperatures so are good to use in hot water lines. Copper pipes are environmentally friendly and resistant to cracking. However, they are the most expensive, and when used in areas of hard water can develop pinhole leaks. If you are unsure of which pipes to use for your home, ask a professional plumber for recommendations.
The fourth factor is the size of your home. It makes sense that the larger your home the more expensive – more feet of piping material, as well as more labor time, will be involved. And, if you have a multi-level home it will be more expensive to repipe as the plumber will need to navigate through walls to complete the job.
A fifth factor is the need for local permit fees. If you are doing major plumbing renovation, like a repiping of your entire home, the local government may require that your plumber pull permits which will require an additional fee.
Call Orlando’s Repiping & Plumbing Experts
Repiping your home is a big job, and a lot of factors have to be considered. Don’t trust your home to just any plumbing contractor, make sure you’re using a licensed, expert plumber like Rainaldi Home Services. We can advise you on the best products to use for your Orlando area home, and we’ll get the job done right and in a timely manner. Call us at (407) 413-9795 or schedule service online.