A number of factors affect pipe repair costs. Many homeowners face these costs unexpectedly. A broken pipe is a serious matter that can’t be ignored. In the moment, the option that’s more cost effective is often chosen even if one option, like CIPP, is preferred. Every situation is different, so get an estimate from a CIPP provider before concluding that this pipe repair method is out of your price range. These factors will also determine the pipe repair cost you’ll be facing at the end of the day.
The length and depth of the pipe to repair
Typically, pipe repair costs are measured by the linear foot. As a general statement, CIPP generally costs slightly more as a base cost. At the lower end, CIPP tends to start around $80 per linear foot and go up from there, while traditional pipe replacement can start as low as $50 per foot. At the higher end of the price range, the difference in cost tends to disappear: expensive replacements are expensive no matter what.
One of the major factors affecting pipe repair cost is how much pipe needs to be replaced. A long repair will add to the per foot cost, and may require more equipment. If the pipe that you need to replace is buried very deeply, additional cost will come from the labor needed to access the pipe. Mid-length, shallow pipes are the cheapest to repair.
How far your contractors have to travel
Not every plumber offers CIPP repair. If you live away from an urban center, the odds that you’re going to have to add travel expenses to your CIPP costs increases. You may find that your contractor charges a day rate, even for a very small CIPP repair, to cover their expenses. If the per-foot cost is not enough to cover their time and their travel, they will need to increase the price of your repair to reflect the cost. Curing the pipe in place takes several hours at the bare minimum. If contractors didn’t charge day rates or travel fees they could spend all day placing a short CIPP repair while losing money on the day, because they cannot take on more lucrative clients.
Finding a local CIPP installer can cut the risk of incurring added costs dramatically. Ask plumbers if they offer CIPP before you get an estimate from them. If you know that you’re going to want the convenience of the CIPP technique, limit your contractor search to those who offer it.
Is CIPP covered by your insurance
If your homeowner’s insurance doesn’t specify how you must repair your pipes, you could have the freedom to get the repairs that fit best for you. Talk things out with your insurance agency as soon as you can. If you have to pay out of pocket, that can drastically affect the subjective cost of a project.
Cured in place pipe repairs start out at a slightly higher base cost, but other factors can make them a more reasonable choice. If you would have to dig up your driveway or tear up a tile floor in order to do a traditional pipe replacement, CIPP can reduce the overall pipe repair cost you’re dealing with.