How old is your house? If it’s been around for over 50 years, you might have encountered at least one plumbing issue already. Depending on the materials used in your plumbing system, your pipes can deteriorate over time. When this happens, and you don’t notice it until water is leaking from your ceiling or your water comes out dirty, it can be very alarming and stressful.
Moreover, if a large portion of your plumbing is concealed underground, your repairmen would have to take your house apart to access your pipes. In this case, you’ll have to prepare a bigger budget.
But the question is, is it worth it? Let’s explore more below.
The Cost of Plumbing Repairs and Replacements in Georgia
The most common materials used in piping include copper, brass, cast iron, galvanized steel, and Polyvinyl Chloride. While all of these last for a considerably long time (some up to 100+ years), you still have to consider the other parts of the system — joints, fittings, knobs, outlets, filters, heaters, etc.
If the parts just need some tightening up, then great; otherwise, you’ll have to spend for replacement. Unfortunately, having your plumbing fixed by experts can be costly. Charges for labour, issue detection, repair, and replacement are separate.
For Labour, plumbers usually charge an hourly rate between $45 – $200. If you want to save on labour costs, you can also look for plumbers who offer fixed pricing. This means that they will only charge you per type of service and not by the hour. Plumbers who offer fixed pricing can be a more reasonable option, especially if your plumbing system/issue is complex.
Issue Detection, on the other hand, can also be charged separately. This is because plumbers use expensive technologies and equipment to find your problem area. For example, if no water is coming out of your faucets, plumbers would have to deploy CCTV drain cameras and pipe locators to investigate the cause. In addition, if you are experiencing constant leaking, they would have to use moisture and temperature detectors to find the exact location of the leak. Depending on the issue, locating/detecting problem areas can cost between $100 – $400.
According to Home Advisor, the costs for repairs can run between:
- $500 – $4,000 – Slab Leak Repairs
- $150 – $350 – Burst Pipe Repairs (+ $250 – $750 on drywalls and $1,000 – $4,000 in water damage repairs)
- $250 – $750 – Gas Pipe Repairs
- $200 (average) – Drain Clog Cleaning
- $1,500 (average) – Septic Tank Repairs
- $550 (average) – Water Heater Repairs
- $140 – $300 – Toilet Repairs
If you factor in the costs to buy new parts, you get the picture! And it’s definitely not cheap.
What Do I Get If I Just Have Experts Fix My Plumbing?
As much as we want to rely on licensed plumbers, sometimes, not all of them have enough experience and skill to tackle any issue. So if you opt to hire a plumber, you need to make sure that your technicians don’t just give band-aid solutions. Otherwise, you’ll just keep on hiring plumbers over and over. And before you know it, your repair bills have gone beyond someone else’s college tuition.
The bottom line is, you have to weigh things considerably. If you’re just calling plumbers all the time because you don’t have the time to focus on solving your plumbing problem once and for all, Spire Property Solutions can help.
How Do I Know That It’s Time to Give Up on Plumbing Repairs?
Simple. Calculate how much you’ve spent on repairs and replacements and think about how much more you are willing to pay. Next, assess the value of your home and see how much you can get on equity. If you think your repair costs will exceed your equity in a matter of months or years, then you may want to consider putting the repairs aside already.
One might ask, “would anyone buy my house knowing that the plumbing system is hopeless?”. The answer is YES! If you don’t find a retail buyer, you may be able to score investor buyers who are looking for fixer-upper houses.
How Can I Sell My House Today, As-Is?
If you’ve had enough with your plumbing problems, we can take it off your hands! Spire Property Solutions can buy your house right now and pay you cash for it! You can move past your plumbing problems once and for all and treat yourself to a new, problem-free home after years of burning your pocket for repairs.
All you need to do is give us a call, describe to us your house, and let us see how much your home is worth. We can offer you a reasonable purchase price and buy your house as it is. Once you agree to our offer, all you need to do next is sign the papers and pack your stuff. We can even help you find another house to transfer to if you need some help. Call us today at (678) 318 – 1801 or fill up the form below!