If you’ve had to replace your plumbing in the past, you are probably aware of how expensive and time-consuming it can get. Indeed, most replacements are inevitable when it comes to plumbing, but there are some tips you can use to make it a budget-friendly venture altogether.
It is worth noting that you’ll likely have to source for a plumbing expert to tell you whether it’s time to replace your pipes.
That said, here are some of the options you have when it comes to replacing pipes, to help you save some bucks.
Cost Efficient Tips on Replacing Faulty Plumbing Pipes:
#1. Replace as you renovate – plumbing is usually overlooked during most renovation projects, and this can be quite a costly mistake.
When remodelling a certain space at home, grab the opportunity to inspect and replace the exposed pipes when the walls are still open. By doing so, you get to kill two birds with one stone by using the remodelling experts to fix any underlying issues. Since the walls or floors are open anyway, the only additional cost you will accrue is the cost of buying the pipes.
#2. Replacing the exposed pipes – if your home has wood panelling or plastered walls, accessing the pipes buried in between can be quite difficult, costly and time-consuming.
However, you can choose to replace the exposed pipes in a utility room or basement since they are the ones prone to damage anyway. Also, these accessible systems make up for the large chunk of your piping network and hence, making it cheaper and easier to replace.
#3. Use PEX to avoid demolition – cross-linked polyethene tubing also referred to as PEX, is a flexible hose made of plastic used to limit demolition when replacing pipes passing behind walls. Similar to how electricians place wiring behind walls with minimal destruction, the same procedure can be adopted in plumbing using PEX. It is the only way to replace you in-wall plumbing without demolishing the entire walls and burning holes in your pocket while at it.