What’s not to love about old homes. The character and the charm win hearts over in a matter of minutes during showings. What new old homeowners might not consider, is what lurks behind the walls. Old homes sometimes need new plumbing and if this is a project that you’re staring down, here’s what you can expect from a full re-pipe.
Knowing if you need a full re-pipe
If you’re looking to do a big remodel, if your old home had lead pipes, if your hold home has galvanized steel pipes, or if you find yourself constantly paying for a plumber to come out, there’s a pretty good chance that it might be time for a full re pipe. But don’t sweat. While this isn’t a job for do-it-yourselfers, it’s easy to find a reputable and knowledgeable plumber in the Vero Beach area to put your mind at ease and get the job done.
First thing’s first…
Before you get started with your full re pipe project, you’ll want to have a thorough plumbing inspection completed and get estimates from local plumbers. The inspection will inform you of the extent of the problems and the scope of the work that should be completed. Use this information to inform plumbers from whom you’re seeking an estimate. Get at least three estimates and read over them carefully. Don’t automatically pick the lowest cost and be sure that each provider covered the entire scope of work.
How a full re-pipe project gets started
Once you’ve hired your plumbing company, the work can get started. The crew will take great care to protect your belongings during the process. They will turn off the water service to your home, so it’s best to relocate for a short period of time while the work commences. Plumbers tried to build the new plumbing system right along the old one. You won’t be out of water the whole time, just intermittently throughout the process. You can expect the job to take a couple of days to a couple of weeks depending on the size of your home.
The project budget
Also depending on the size of your home, a full re pipe project can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000. Another key factor affecting the price is the type of pipe that you plan to install and the existing plumbing network in your home. The estimated cost will be covered in your quotes, but you should always sock a little extra away just in case the plumbing crew finds any problems along the way.