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Question DetailsAsked on 5/11/2014

Should I change the galvanized plumbing if I'm doing a kitchen and bathroom remodel on a flip?

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I don't know what house you bought to flip but I could not hide old plumbing behind nice new kitchen cabinets and bathroom tile. If you have any skills you could do most of the work yourself in some states as the owner of the house. At the least say it is a ranch or a cape, I would at least run the new piping to the basement and through the roof where if there are problems it can be addressed in the future. If it is a 2 story house it does get more involved getting through the second story. You can join the old to pvc with no-hub clamps or fernco fittings.

Unless you are just a money man and do not have the knowledge to see how bad the pipes are, or the skills to do the repair yourself the cost of doing the replacement while the walls are open is worth sleeping at night. Even if you have to pay a plumber to do it and as a future customer you would probably get a contractors price.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


I am assuming this plumbing is probably 40+ years old - as Don said, if this were a live-in home or rental property I would change out at least all that is accessable while doing the remodel, and personally I would do it ALL while you have the drywall and painter doing drywall work anyway - like he said, peace of mind, and undoubtedly on its final years of life anyway. And remember - insurance does NOT cover damage from slow leaks, so by replacing it now you greatly reduce the risk of a major repair bill being taken out of your income.

Because it is a flip, that puts a different light on things - because most homeowners and many inspectors are not up to speed on how pernicious galvanized can be with endless pinhole and joint leaks once they get started, so leaving it in increases your net proceeds - leaving the buyer with the issue in the future. If you are trying to provide a quality product to the buyers - change it all out. If you are trying to maximize return and can sleep knowing you did not take the opportunity to alleviate an assured future issue for them, leave it in.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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