Tips for dealing with plumbing problems in your new home

September 22, 2014

The unthinkable has happened and you have plumbing problems after buying your dream house. The following tips will help you understand your options and might even turn your negative situation into a positive one.
Naturally, you’re upset with the seller, home inspector, real estate agent and just about everyone else. Once you’ve settled down, it’s time to understand what you can do.

Tips for dealing with plumbing problems in your new home

Your galvanized pipe needs to go

Just about every older home will have a major plumbing problem – you just happened to find yours right away. Many problems deal with galvanized pipes and the fact that plaque builds up inside the pipe and decreases water flow to your faucets. Here are your options:

  • Replace problem pipe(s) with a new galvanized pipe. A cheaper option and more of a temporary fix. If your pipes are really old, there’s risk of damage during the replacement.
  • Replace problem pipe(s) with copper. Easier to work with for plumbers but also a recipe for future corrosion when the zinc and iron in the remaining galvanized pipes mix with the copper and minerals in the water.
  • Replace all pipes with copper. Sure, a complete replacement is expensive but it will also add value to your home and last a very long time.
  • Replace all pipes with plastic. Cheaper, lighter and easier to work with than copper, this is a popular alternative. However, there is still debate on whether plastic piping can leach harmful chemicals into your water.

Now for the smaller problems

If piping isn’t your problem, the repairs will likely be a bit more manageable. While costs vary widely depending on your location, here is a general idea of what you might be charged.

  • Toilet replacement - $300 and up
  • New kitchen or bath faucet - $100 and up
  • Bath tub replacement - $1500 and up
  • Kitchen or bath sink - $600 and up
  • New hot water tank - $500 and up

Get out your wrench and save some money

If you have extensive repairs like pipe replacements, you most likely need to call a professional. For other jobs like replacing a faucet or sink, you just might be able to handle it yourself and save some cash.

Go green with water-saving options

If replacing a toilet, you can lower your water bill with eco-friendl,y low-flow models. The same goes for showerheads, where you can dramatically reduce your water usage.

If you’ve discovered a plumbing problem after buying your house, don’t fret. You have options and might be able to save money by doing some work yourself. Find a reputable plumber, get an estimate, and get back to enjoying your new home.

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