How Long Does a Bathroom Repipe Take?
There are several key factors when it comes to the time needed for a bathroom repipe. Those pipes were installed in the home years ago and were never designed to last forever. It was much easier to install them when the house was being built because the contractors were still working in most cases without walls or flooring. Now that the house is complete and the pipes are hidden, the challenge is exposing all the pipes and replacing them correctly. Here are just a few things that can affect the time needed for this project to be completed.
The first thing to consider is where your bathroom is located in the house. If your home has one floor with a basement, the plumbing contractor can access the pipes under the floor much more easier. They will still have to remove some of the walls to access the pipes, but when they get in the basement they can often work with the pipes much more easily. The problem begins with bathrooms on higher floors. The pipes run between floors, requiring the plumbing specialist to have to either remove the ceiling below or the floor in the bathroom to assess certain sections. In this case you could be without that bathroom for at least five days while the job is completed.
Most piping installed in older homes that is due to be replaces was made of either PVC or copper. The pipes can not bend except for the joints at the end, so they need to go through supports and beams to complete the route. One way you can trim some time off the bathroom repipe is to consider PEX piping. This flexible pipe can easily go around certain unmovable obstacles easily. Rather than drilling holes in supports, the PEX pipe goes around the obstacle.
One last thing to consider is the amount of pipes in the bathroom. If you have a garden tub, multiple sinks, a shower, and a toilet, you can expect the job to be longer than if the room simply had a sink and toilet. Always ask the plumbing contractor for an estimate as far as time so you can make adjustments in your daily routine to allow them the time they need to do the job right the first time.