The cost of repiping my house….?

So I’ve been hearing water inside my bathroom walls for the past couple days. Today I realized that the slabs on my bathroom floor were warm, and I must have a hot water leak. The earliest my home warranty people (I just bought this house in June) can get someone out here is Monday. In the meantime I called a friend-of-a-friend over to take a look and he said it was a slab leak. That I could just have my bathroom tore up to get it fixed, but most likely I’ll have another leak at some point, so I might as well get the hole house repiped.

I have no clue on anything, so I have some questions:

1. What’s the average cost of repiping a 1400 sq. foot house?
2. Is this something homeowner’s insurance covers?
3. Is it something a home warranty (something else I have) might cover?
4. Is it worth it to repipe the whole house, rather than just the current leak, if I can’t afford it right now?

Any information would help. Of course my water is turned off right now. My friend-of-a-friend is supposed to come over tomorrow to replace the valve on my hot water heater, because it can’t be turned off right now. I’m hoping turning my hot water off will at least allow me to have some water on, without worrying about a leak.

3 thoughts on “The cost of repiping my house….?

  1. Mr.GoodDeeds says:

    Sorry to hear about your new house being in such evident desrepair, Megan! That sucks. Well, if anything, I wouldn’t necessarily take as true everything what your home warranyt people will say about remedying your problem–in my eyes, they’re just like insurance people wanting to pay off just enough in order to ensure they make a profit off of you. So, with that said, you should definitely look into getting other assessments/estimates from local professionals in your area–it won’t hurt to get estimates. Fortunately, there are plenty of local plumbing contractors seeking to give free estimates with no obligation, and taking advantage of this is the consumer-smart way to go about finding an accurate answer to your question. It’s important that you get a local estimate and not rely on guesses found here on Yah, as a lot of factors really bear on the cost of such a project, including the following: The cost of material and labor greatly varies by location.

    If you determine that it is likely that you need to totally repipe or other less minor repairs need to be made, perhaps you can negotiate well with the contractor and he buys the materials for you, you may try to have him pass the discounted cost of the materials to you, as usually contractors get discounts (called “contractor’s discounts” / “contractor’s price”) when buying from home improvement stores because of the many purchases they make as required by their jobs.. In any event, it’s good to compare their assessment against the assessment of your home warranty people.

    As I said, Free estimates from local plumbing contractors are the key to your success in this home improvement project of yours. Here’s a great link to a handyman site that offers free very resourceful information to assist you in determining the cost of your project, and, ultimately, selecting a local plumbing contractor in an effort to get the best deal for you:


    I’m sure you’ll find the information you need, specifically the tips, useful as it relates to being treated fairly by contractors and exploring the consumer-wise approach of getting free written estimates to find the best contractor in your area.

    The Internet is what I use. I’m pretty knowledgeable about the Internet. I have a firm belief in helping people with what I know, including from my development of sites, such as the one cited above. Sharing really is caring, and I wish those who I help can reciprocate by sharing what they know.

  2. You should get some help from the home warranty people but good luck ? How old is the house and where do you live, and have any of your neighbors had the same problem?That will tell you if you can fix just the bathroom or if you need to repipe the whole house .In a housing developement near me the original contractor installed copper pipeing under the slab without checking the soil first . There was Boron in the soil which made quite a nice battery when you have moving water ,the copper started failing in some units after only 14 months . The developer had to replace the piping in the first 20 or so homes till the LLCs insurance and bonding ran out everyone else got the you know what . To replace the piping they didnt bother to cut any of the slabs they ran all new piping in the attics and insulated which meant cutting and patching all of the walls where there was plumbing. To figure an estimate for the plumbing count all of the items in your house that have water , If it has cold only add $ 200 dollars if it has hot and cold add $ 250 dollars so in other words a tipical bath with a toilet ,sink, and shower would be $ 700 for parts labor and insulation and thats just for the plumbing . That doesn’t count the cutting patch and paint to repair walls . I had to fix my Cousins and we got it done for $ 12,000 and the sheetrockers and painters were good friends so she got a deal . Hope that helps Good Luck

  3. “I have no clue on anything”


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