This Knowledge Could Help You Make The Decision That’s Right For You

If you want to repipe your home or business, you know it will cost you. The only real question to consider is, “How much?”. Replacing a few critical pipe sections may only run you hundreds of dollars, but unsurprisingly, a whole repipe can cost you a lot more. Before you panic, know that several aspects of the process affect the overall cost of a repiping job. To help you better understand how much a repiping might cost you, we’ve compiled a list of crucial factors to consider.


Repiping Is A Multifaceted Service

When repiping a building, you must consider more than just the cost of your new pipes. Before starting a new repiping project, factor in the following:

  • The Size Of The Building
  • The Cost Of The Replacement Pipes
  • The Complexity Of The Original Plumbing
  • The Sheer Number Of Pipes To Be Replaced
  • The Number Of Connected Plumbing Fixtures

Each of these factors plays a significant role in determining the total cost of your repipe.


Building Size

There is a direct correlation between the size of a building and how much plumbing it needs to function correctly. As such, if you plan on repiping a large, two-story building, it will naturally cost more than it would for a single-story bungalow.


Price Of Replacement Pipes

When it comes to modern options for plumbing pipes, there are generally three options; CPVC, PEX, and copper pipes. CPVC pipes are the most affordable option, starting at around $0.50 per foot and ending at about $1.00 per foot. PEX pipes cost approximately $0.50-$2.00 for similar pipe lengths. On the other hand, copper pipes start at around $2.00 and can go as high as $4 or $5 a foot! You may wonder what the difference is between these three types of pipe. Both are synthetic materials; CPVand C and PEX pipes are similar. However, CPVC pipes are rigid, while PEX pipes are flexible tubing that can be easier to install in most locations. That means that PEX pipes may save you money on installation costs. When it comes to copper pipes, you’re dealing with a completely different beast. These pipes are more malleable than steel pipes but can still burst when water freezes inside them. They are also interminably rigid, making them somewhat tricky to install but easy to cut. Then, why is this kind of pipe so desired? Copper is resistant to corrosion, which can make steel pipes fragile and help hot water retain its heat. Copper pipes also add to the value of a home because the metal is valuable.


Plumbing Complexity

If your pipes are easily accessible, chances are replacing them will be a relatively quick and affordable process. But, of course, if your plumber needs to crawl into tight spaces and break down walls to reach your pipes, the extra labor will significantly increase costs.


Completeness Of The Repiping

Simply put, it costs far less to replace a pipe or two than it does to repipe an entire building. If there are only a few pipe segments with damage, you might be able to get away with a relatively small bill. However, a home that needs to replace an entire system of lead pipes will need to spend a healthy sum for a repiping.


Plumbing Fixtures

Most plumbers estimate the cost of repiping based on the number of plumbing fixtures in a given location. The reasoning is that the number of pipes and the overall complexity of a building’s plumbing directly correlate with the number of plumbing fixtures present. Therefore, most plumbers base their estimates on the number of water lines each plumbing fixture has.


Bottom Line

There’s no set price for a repiping job. You can roughly estimate the cost of a repipe to be around $5,000 for PEX and CPVC or four times that for copper pipes. However, depending on the accessibility and complexity of your lines, the total cost of the job may be higher. The only way to know how much a repiping will cost is to work alongside trusted and experienced plumbers like Clean Team Plumbing. We provide free estimates for any repiping job in the Houston area and are ready to handle all your plumbing needs. Call us today at (832) 813-8035 to schedule an appointment with a service representative.