Re: Plumbing Re-pipe
Posted by Aros on November 29, 1998 at 02:26:48:
In response to Re: Plumbing Re-pipe

: I've begun to notice some heavy corrosion in a
couple of spots on the hot water line. This
: about 10 feet of galvanized pipe starting from
the hot water heater in the garage area. Is it
likely that
: there's more spots on the line under the house
(crawl space)? The house is approx. 40 yrs. old
and I'm
: wondering if it would be best to just replace
the whole line with copper. What's the
approximate cost for
: this (1900 sq, ft w/kitchen, 2 baths)? Also,
would it be cost effective to have the cold water
line done
: at the same time? What's an approx. cost for
both? Also, what fixtures, if any, must be
replaced when
: a re-pipe is done? Should I expect drywall
repair with this process? Finally, how long
should it take a
: plumbing to complete the re-pipe?

: Thanks!

If the house is one story, the total cost for labor and materials should be around two thousand dollars. If its a two story house, the cost could be closer to three thousand dollars. I would strongly recommend replacing both hot and cold lines as well as the water service (if applicable)
all at once. If you are happy with the fixtures you have now, by all means keep them. However the water heater should be replaced because it probaly has a lot of rust sittinng in the bottom of it and you don't want to circulate that through your new copper system. If opening the drywall is needed to acess the shower valves, it would be a good time to replace those too. -Aros

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