If you have polybutylene pipes in your home, you've had a slab leak, or you've had multiple leaking pipes, then a whole house repipe is probably in your future. Naturally, you're wondering, "How much does it cost to repipe a house?". We'll be talking about the price of a repipe in this post.
Average Cost To Repipe A House
The average repipe cost is $6,000 - $8,000.
Keep in mind that this is the average price you'll pay for an Orlando repiping specialists to complete your repipe. Depending on the plumbing in your home and the quality of the work, your price could be more or less. In the next section we'll talk about aspects that can affect the cost.
Factors That Influence The Cost Of A Repipe
Every repipe, like every house, is different and may include an additional cost depending on the plumbing in your home. Based on our experience, these are some of the things that will increase the cost of your repipe.
The Quality of Work
There is an old saying that "You get what you pay for". This is certainly true when it comes to hiring a plumbing company to repipe your home. In most cases the material involved in a repipe will be very similar from company to company, but where you'll see the greatest difference is in the cost of labor.
If this is your first time repiping your home, you may not be aware that many plumbing companies outsource their repipes to subcontractors. The subcontractor gets paid "per job" that they complete. The unfortunate result is that subcontractors are incentivized to get the job done as fast as possible, which often means cutting corners.
Because subcontractors are making a smaller cut of the money, they often have a harder time hiring quality help. People who may not pass background checks, drug tests or have the experience to be hired by a professional plumbing company, may end up working for a subcontractor with lower standards.
However, at Pro-Tech we don't outsource our work to subcontractors. We only use in-house plumbers who have completed background checks and meet our quality standards. Using our in-house plumbers allows us to make sure the job is done right and that your home is kept clean and protected during the process.
Therefore, when comparing prices, remember you get what you pay for. How much it is to repipe a house changes drastically according to the quality of work being done and the experience of the people doing the work.
The Number Of Drops
In plumbing lingo, a "drop" is a water line that is run to a plumbing fixture or appliance in your house that uses water. A good rule of thumb is that if it needs hot and cold water, then it has 2 drops. If it only needs cold water, then it has one drop. The price of a repipe will increase as the number of drops increases. See below for the number of drops typical plumbing fixtures and appliances have:
Repipe Size and ease of access
Repiping cost for a large house will be more than a smaller house. A larger home will cost more to repipe due to the increased material and labor needed. However, if your home is smaller or you only need a partial home repipe, then your repiping cost can be decreased.
Another factor affecting the cost of a repipe is the ease of plumbing access. If your plumbing fixtures are hard to reach and will require more time to complete, then you can expect the cost of a repipe to increase.
PEX vs Copper Re-pipe material
When it is time to repipe your home, you have the option to use PEX pipes or copper pipes. At Pro-Tech we recommend using PEX pipes. PEX pipes are more affordable than copper pipes and have a very long life span. Although copper pipes costs more per linear foot, they also have a longer life span that PEX. Copper pipes are also more difficult to install and will increase your labor cost. If you use copper pipes then you can expect the cost of your repipe to increase by 60-70% over PEX pipes. (Learn more about the pros and cons of PEX vs Copper pipe)
Cost To Pull repiping Permit
Never hire a plumber who is unlicensed, uninsured or fails to pull permits. If the plumber asks you to pull the permits yourself, this is also a red flag. At Pro-Tech we include the costs required for us to pull permits. We are also fully licensed and insured for your protection. Once the job is complete, we will call the inspector to look over the project. This protects you and ensures the job meets all local codes. While you may save money using a less than reputable plumber who fails to pull permits, it will be a costly mistake that can end up hurting you badly later.
Request A Free Orlando Repipe Estimate
Pro-Tech is pleased to provide a free repipe estimate to our Central Florida customers. Just complete the form below and we'll cover the cost to have one of our trained plumbers come to your home and provide a guaranteed price on your repipe. Unlike other companies, the price we quote will be the total price with no hidden fees or additional costs.
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