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Question DetailsAsked on 12/3/2016

How much to replace the main stack for plumbing

Trying to buy a home but main stack in plumbing has a crack in it

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Unlikely to need replacement - just repair. Depending on whether you want to trust a clamp-on repair or epoxy wrap kit repair or not (which likely would depend partly on what is below the potentiall leak if the rerpair failed), or want replacement of the cracked piece of pipe, probably around $100-200 for a repair (assuming reasonably accessible PLUS any cost for drywall repair and repainting, or commonly more like $200-350 for replacing the damaged piece if plastic pipe, or $200-450 if cast iron ballpark numbers of course, depending a lot on access and whether other connecting pipes have to be cut to remove the bad piece or if it is a simple cut and replace for one piece. Rarely up into the $500-700 range in difficult conditions - potentially more if in concrete or brick rather than frame wall or floor.

Simple solution - talk to your Realtor about Contingencies - having your Seller get the cracked piece repaired or replaced (at YOUR discretion) at THEIR cost before closing. This assumes you are still in the contingency period, or that the crack is new since your inspection.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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