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Old 06-25-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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hey, sorry if this is a naive or unanswerable question. i have always rented until now and have never done any house maintenance before, and know little or nothing about renovation, etc.

my wife and i are looking at purchasing a brick ranch house (built 1960) in the intown atlanta area. the house has the original plumbing. i have heard that the galvanized steel plumbing in such houses lasts about 50 or 60 years. this house has a finished basement.

(1) any idea how long i might expect the plumbing to realistically last?

(2) any idea what the price range might be to replace the plumbing?

other info: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2112 sq ft, laundry room in basement.

thank you for any help you can give me.

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years ago we used to get 2000.00 just to repipe the waterlines. that was in the 80's so if you have to have it done it wont be cheap. nowadays it seems like very few guys will give you a fair price for anything or dont give you a professional job for their high price. there are some tho you just have to find one.

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The finished basement makes the job difficult to estimate----

How good or bad is the plumbing that you can see?

Is PEX piping allowed in your area? Copper is like gold right now--so if replacing the pipe with PEX is an option look into it.---The product is tried and true.----Mike---
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One thing to think about as a first time home owner. If you hire someone to do repairs or renovations, suggest only hiring a licensed contractor and get everything in writing. If you hire someone who is not licensed to save money, you could end up losing your home.

A case in our city is a home owner who hired roofers to re-roof his home on a part-time basis to save money. One roofer fell off the roof and got seriously injured. He sued the home owner and won about $295,000. The judgment was that the homeowner was the employer so was liable.

So maybe think about "licensed contractor" costs when estimating the cost for redoing all of your plumbing.

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years ago we used to get 2000.00 just to repipe the waterlines. that was in the 80's so if you have to have it done it wont be cheap. nowadays it seems like very few guys will give you a fair price for anything or dont give you a professional job for their high price. there are some tho you just have to find one.
We can still do 2 bath mobile home repipes with pex for very close to 2000 at our shop.

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thanks for the helpful feedback. i really appreciate it. it's a lot to process.
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Although the inside plumbing can be expensive to replace, sewer line problems can cost thousands, if not ten's of thousands of dollars to repair.

I would highly encourage you have the sewer lateral video inspected in addition to your standard home inspection.

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