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If you have galvanized pipes in your home, your water flow is probably very low and your pipes are corroded.  Save money replacing the plumbing by piggybacking plastic pipes on top of the old pipes. 

 

Also, if you leave your home during the cold winter months, do not turn off the heat.  Just turn the heat down.  If you turn it off, and a pipe bursts, your insurance may not cover it.  Insurance coverage changes when a home is vacant.

 

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Here are some additional frugal tips to save money on plumbing.

- Never hire a plumber without references, and without checking them out.
- Make sure your plumber is licensed and bonded.
- Never pay more than half the cost of your plumbing job before the work is completed.
 

More on galvanized pipes

- If you have galvanized pipes, get rid of them as soon as possible.  It is the most inexpensive if you can piggyback them with plastic, but if you have a 2-story home, it is going to be messy.
  There are companies that will come in, replace you plumbing with copper, and then repair your walls.  However, always price check several companies.  You may find it is cheaper to have a handyman come in and repair your walls if you can't do it yourself.
 
- Newer homes have copper piping, which should last for years.  It is the older homes that have galvanized pipes.  If you don't have the money to replace them, don't buy a home with galvanized pipes.  They are expensive to replace, and if you could see the interior of the pipe, you would never drink the water or shower in it.  It is very unhealthy.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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