There is something undeniably appealing about an old house nestled in a neighborhood with a rich history. Whether you have an old house that has been passed down to you or you are looking to purchase a new “old” house, you should be aware of a common yet unexpected cost: replacing the plumbing.
The reasons for replacing plumbing range from meeting new building codes to, of course, ensuring you do not deal with burst pipes and drains. If the house in question was built any time before the 21st century, then it will pay to investigate replacing the plumbing. Your friends here at Drain Doctor have put together this article to give you an idea of what it will cost to replace plumbing in an old house. Feel free to give us a call with any of your questions or concerns. We are happy to help.
Identify the Pipe Material in Your Property
Understanding the pipe material in your building will give you an idea of how urgent the pipe replacement is. There are different pipes that perform different tasks and present unique problems.
For instance, water supply lines are under constant pressure and pose the greatest threat of water damage to your property. They are typically made of sturdy material like brass, copper, and galvanized steel. These can last up to a century, but the constant water pressure against these pipes can cut the life expectancy short. Drain lines, meanwhile, don’t demand as much toughness and are usually made of cast iron or PVC. Both materials can last up to a century.
When it comes to the type of pipe material, there are two that should be removed as soon as possible. Lead pipes, common in houses built in the early 1900s, have a long life expectancy but pose serious risks. The lead can leach into your drinking water and expose you to serious health problems. Then, there are Polybutylene pipes commonly used from the 1970s to the end of the 20th century. They are not particularly dangerous, but they are prone to breaking.
Cost of A Whole-House Pipe Replacement
We are going to be completely honest with you, and you probably already understand this reality: a whole-house pipe replacement involves a whole lot of work. It requires local plumbers to cut open walls and floors, which is time-consuming and an inconvenience for anyone who plans to move in as soon as possible. This time cost plus the cost of the pipes themselves can easily run the cost of a whole-house pipe replacement into the thousands of dollars.
That said, there are ways to minimize costs. Start with a professional plumbing inspection to determine which pipes need to be replaced urgently. You can start there and work on the other pipes later. Plus, if you choose Drain Doctor, you can take advantage of our many coupons, discounts, and promotional offers. Call now to get your free in-home price estimate.
Call Drain Doctor for A Consultation
This article was not meant to give you an in-depth and tailored cost-benefit analysis. We do hope it gave you an idea of what to expect, however. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to consult with a experienced plumbers in Atlanta, then call Drain Doctor any time. We are always happy to help.