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If you're having problems like low water pressure, then it might be time to replace your pipes. Low water pressure can mean that there is corrosion in your current pipes, which could eventually mean holes or leaks that can cause much bigger problems. If you're building a new home, adding to an existing structure or remodeling, then you might also be considering installing new piping. Figuring out the cost of piping can be tricky and somewhat intimidating for homeowners. The first step will be to find a reputable plumber to help you with your project. You'll need an experienced plumber to help you determine which material will work and the best way to install piping with the current state of your home. Once you find a professional, then pipe installation costs will depend on a couple of factors.
The size of your home will affect the cost of piping because the larger the home, the more piping that will need to be installed. This also includes the amount of sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets or anything that will need pipes that are in your home. Having a lot of appliances to set up will raise the pipe installation costs.
Number of Stories
Another factor for the cost of piping is the amount of stories in your home. The higher that the plumber needs to work, then the higher the pipe installation costs. This will affect the labor costs to get piping up in the top parts of your home.
There are two materials most commonly used for home piping: copper and PEX. PEX is flexible plastic, which makes it easy to install. This is an especially good option if you're replacing current piping because there might need to be fewer holes opened in walls for access since PEX can be snaked into walls. Other benefits are that the flexibility of this type of piping helps to prevent bursts and is not prone to corrosion. It also retains heat, which will conserve energy. Pipe installation costs will typically be lower with PEX. However, it cannot be recycled and allows for possible water contamination from the plastic, though the risks of that are not proven. PEX also cannot be used outdoors due to UV sensitivity. Copper piping is bacteria resistant, not UV-sensitive and can be recycled. It also performs well in natural disasters and doesn't leach harmful chemicals or gases, making it a good environmental option. However, copper piping can burst and corrode, so that is something to consider depending on your location. Pipe installation costs will be higher with copper piping.
Demolishing Existing Pipes
If you're replacing your existing piping and not installing from scratch, then the amount of demolition required will definitely affect pipe installation costs. All of the factors mentioned above will help to determine the cost of piping if it requires demolition. The more walls that need to be cut, the higher pipe installation costs will be.
Overall, the cost of piping will depend on the size of your home and the materials your plumber chooses. Make sure to talk to at least three professionals to make sure you find someone who you can trust. He or she will be able to come up with a plan that will work for your location and your home.
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