We need to be laying a whole lot o' pipe up in here.
February 23, 2012 7:39 AM Subscribe
What should we be thinking about and considering when re-plumbing an entire house? Plumbers and experienced homeowners we welcome your advice.
posted by pixlboi to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We are considering buying a 3-story 1920s home where all the plumbing is original galvanized steel. There are three bathrooms, a kitchen and a laundry area. I'm not sure how a product with a suggested life of 50 years has made it to 90 years but it has. The house inspector confirmed it was in good structural shape on the outside, no pitting, the pressure is decent on all floors, but there is evidence of rust staining. It is obviously corroded to some degree on the inside.
We factored the estimated cost of replacing all the galvanized into our offer (approx. $10,000 discount). We intend to use copper where ever possible and use PEX if we encounter a difficult area that would require doing too much damage to walls or ceilings to do in copper. We have plumbers in the family, who took a quick look at the house, so this is not a DIY project. We would have the work done before we move in when the house is otherwise empty.
Our insurance company will cover the house as long as we have the 'intent' to replace the galvanized pipe.
What are we missing in our thought process? Has anyone re-plumbed an entire house and lived to tell the tale? Any advice or cautions would be much appreciated.