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Question DetailsAsked on 4/15/2014

How much does it cost to re-plumb a house?

I have a 1,200 sqf home w/ 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, & 3 hose bibs. The hot water line is leaking in the slab for a 2nd time in a different location than the previous leak. That said, I'm looking at running new hot & cold overhead lines in the attic with new drops to all appliances. The contractor quoted $1,600 in materials and $5,000 in labor (3 guys 24 hours each, 72 man-hours total). Is this reasonable? They would use PEX.

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That sounds on the pretty high side to me - more than I typically hear for a 2000 SF range 2-story house, especially with Pex - for that much I think you could replumb in copper AND repair the drywall and repaint the damage for a 2000 SF house. Normally a Pex replumb they are in and out in 2-3 days with 2 guys - so about 32-48 man-hours, or about half what he proposed. Of course, I don't know if your cost includes repairing wall and ceiling damage, or what access issues you may have.

Best way to tell is to get 3 competing bids and see where that leaves you pricewise.

Since you are talking running in attic, I presume you are not in an area prone to hard freezing, or you may end up getting a whole-house bath in the next long winter power outage or extreme cold weather. A lot of people think PEX is freeze-proof - sorry to burst that bubble, but from what I have seen it fails much easier than copper when it hard freezes.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


I paid $7000.00 for a 1200 square foot, 2 bathroom home.

Answered 5 years ago by penidana


I put a new shower into a half bath myself but needed new water supply and drain, had the washer supply and drain moved to a different area in house and and had the remainder of the galvanized supply pipes replaced with PEX for 2 toilets, 2 vanities, other bathtub, kitchen sink, dishwasher and HW heater along with the main supply replaced out to the meter.

Basically a complete supply replacement and a couple of new drains. The bath walls were exposed to the studs and I'm doing all the drywall, etc. 1 story ranch on a crawlspace in SC where they don't worry about freezing under the house.

Total plumber bid was $3000. Another $600 to come back and hook up all the fixtures when I'm done but I told them I would take care of that myself.

Answered 5 years ago by Guest_9398031


Im re-piping my own 2 story, 3bd, 1 1/2 bouse including 1 new toilet for $225

Answered 3 years ago by MitchW

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