Checking Your Pipes Before You Buy Your Home

by jeffskbb on May 12, 2017

Anyone in the market for a new home knows that you should be as informed as possible of as many aspects to the home as you can. Between square footage, prior damage, and structural concerns, there is a lot to consider. One of the most important systems in your new home to inquire about is the plumbing. Without a good plumbing system, you are susceptible to contaminants in your water supply, possible leaks which can damage your home, and possibly most detrimental of all is inferior piping that could necessitate replacement sooner than you would like. When purchasing a new home, you should always check your pipes to get a better understanding of what exactly you are signing up for.

What to Look For

When inspecting a home before purchasing, a major concern should be the piping material. Despite the fact that copper is often advertised as lasting 50-70 years, in Florida copper pipes last closer to 15-25 years. Unfortunately due to copper pipes not lasting long, you will need to have your pipes replaced several times over the years throughout the lifespan of your home which is quite costly. You can identify copper pipes as they will have the same coloring as a penny. If the home was built between the 1930s and 1960s, it most likely has a copper piping system. Polybutylene pipes are common in homes built between the late 1970s and the mid-1990s. Due to their incredibly high failure rate, insurance companies won’t even insure houses with polybutylene pipes. Oxidants within the water supply wear down the fittings these pipes use, making them not suitable for usage. Once you notice a leak from a polybutylene pipe, the damage has already been done.

Piping You Can Trust

You can better identify your piping by checking under your sink, by your water heater, and in some cases in your attic. You don’t want to purchase a home with substandard pipes that will just cost you in the long run. At Jeff’s Kitchen Bath & Beyond, we exclusively work with cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) which is cheaper than copper and resistant to corrosion. We are one of the foremost plumbing experts in central Florida, so call us at 407-968-1801 for a free estimate and always upfront pricing.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace the Pipes in My House?

Your home requires upkeep and care over the years, and in doing so, it can get costly. An issue which many people encounter is replacing the pipes within the home. It is a big task which raises the question of price. Unfortunately, there is no generic answer because all pipes and all homes differ. An average replacement of all your pipes can range between $1,800 and $5,500. Let’s look at some of the factors involved with replacing your pipes:

Where are Your Pipes?

Expenses for replacement can depend entirely on where your pipes run through. Every home is different and having a proper understanding of the needs of each location is important in planning a full replacement of the system.

Underground – Pipes will run through the ground and then up into your walls directly connecting to whatever appliance needs water.

Attics – Provided your attic has a suitable space for a plumber to work in, piping can be run through the attic and down the interior walls of your house.

Under the Floor – Homes with hardwood flooring and a crawlspace beneath, provide a great housing for plumbing. Crawlspace piping is one of the least expensive systems.

Piping Material

There is a vast array of materials from which to make pipes and all of which impact the pricing of getting new pipes. Understanding the difference between the different types of pipe keeps you informed and can help save money.

Polybutylene – Can be found in homes built between the late 1970s and early 1990s. They were banned from usage due to improper connections being made between pipes resulting in leaks. Some insurance companies will not even allow a new homeowners policy without replacement of Polybutylene pipes first due to the liability.

Copper – Common piping material, copper can be expensive and not recommended for Florida homes due to it lasting only 15-25 years.

PEX – Cross-linked polyethylene, also known as PEX is perhaps the best piping to use, and it is estimated that within the next ten years PEX will become the standard vessel for water in regards to plumbing.  Due to its flexibility, cheaper cost of production and easier installation, PEX is the way to go when repiping your home which is why Jeff’s Kitchen Bath and Beyond exclusively uses it.

Repiping with Jeff’s

Every plumbing system is different and requires an understanding of several factors when considering a replacement. At Jeff’s Kitchen Bath and Beyond, we are the foremost experts in the area and wish to help provide the most effective replacement of your plumbing system. We have been Angie’s List Super Service Award winners since 2009 and strive to continue with excellent work. Contact us at (407) 968-1801 to set up an appointment and ask about our free estimates.

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