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.
some additional frugal tips to save money on
- 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.
- 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
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.