How much does replacement of water piping for 1500 sqft townhouse?

Asked by Sun, 22311 Tue Jan 6, 2009

During the home inspection the water supply pipes issue was found.
Water supply pipes include the polybutylene water pipes (aka PB) that have been alleged to be defective if they were intalled beween 1978 and 1995. They need to be replaced. How much should ask for reduction from purchasing price, or should break the deal?

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Pat Mulligan,…, Agent, Chesapeake, VA
Wed Jan 7, 2009
$3,500 sounds like a good price. I have had several clients who had this done, prices were $4000-$7000 inclusive of drywall repairs and repainting. Seems the plumbers charge based o the number of tie-ins. If you like the house and the nieghborhood, I would definitely ask for the price reduction instead of bagging the whole deal.
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Luisa Rodrig…, Agent, Woodbridge, VA
Wed Jan 7, 2009
I actually had this done on my first home and the total was about $5500 for PVC on an 1800 sq ft townhome. The estimate for copper was higher. That price included the wall repair as well painting. After they were done, I couldn't tell there had actually been holes in the wall. The contractor I used was Plumbing Express at That was about 4 years ago so I am sure the prices have changed.

I would get several estimates from different contractors and present an estimate with the counter. You will have a much stronger leg to stand on. If you can use websites like Angie's List or the Better Business Bureau to find reputable contractors. Make sure you get an estimate for the whole job, not just the re-piping-- it will be necessary to cut wholes in the walls in several places, repair each whole and re-paint to match the previous paint color.

Good luck
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Wed Jan 7, 2009

Repiping in our location can be done in the $3,000-$8,000 price range. Our recommendation is to have a local plumber provide you with a written estimate to have this work done. Written documentation can be a powerful tool.

Good luck
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Vicki Masell…, Agent, Duluth, GA
Wed Jan 7, 2009
Sun, Here are some links to a contractor's website that I and my clients have found to be informative. I believe this particular contractor (Plumbing Express) does work in VA so it may be worth surfing their site and possibly requesting a quote. I did see somewhere on their site that they do handle condos/townhouses. Best wishes - Ted
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Are Andresen, Agent, Vienna, VA
Tue Jan 6, 2009
I had a client replace the PB piping in a 3 level townhome earlier this year for about $3,500 through . Believe the price did not include touching up the drywall with new paint afterwards. PB piping is common in homes built late 70's to early 90's - they have more info on their website you may find informative.

Good luck!
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Pat Mulligan,…, Agent, Chesapeake, VA
Fri Jan 9, 2009
I am no plumber--- but I caution you to be very careful about what you put in there to replacethe polybutylene.

I just heard from one of my past clients -- she had had her whole house replumbed in 1999 with the PB class-action money. Problem is, they used PVC. One week before Christmas the PVC sprung 3 leaks in the hot water line- EEK! Now they are replumbing the whole house AGAIN! Her plumber, as well as the one we just used on one of my rental properties recommend using PEX
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